Parts Of Grafton Still Open Despite Flooding

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GRAFTON, IL (KTVI)-- Flood fighting continues along the Mississippi River.  MoDOT crews worked Wednesday night to keep the south bound lanes of Highway 67 from becoming flooded.  It is a section of the south side of the highway that had been passable for the most part but lots of water was threatening travel.

Farther north in Elsah, Illinois, the street from the Great River Road into town is under the river.  Homes and buildings are still surrounded by flood waters.  Wednesday evening it began raining again.  Bradly Satterfield is an Elsah resident, "Man it`s just unbelievable how much rain we`re getting this year. I`ve  never seen it do this."

It was a tale of two cities in Grafton.  One part of the community was underwater while the rest was high and dry.  But, it looked like a ghost town everywhere.  Juawana Jackson a convenience store clerk said, "It has killed business completely."  The store she works at cut operating hours.

Jackson added, "Normally this time of the year we are hopping, booming, doing major business, motorcycles coming thru poker runs different events every weekend."

Business owners want everyone to know Grafton is not closed.  Restaurants, stores and bars are still open and ready to serve.

Jackson said, "Come and see us. We are still open for business. You have to take other routes to get to us but we are still open for business."