Grafton open for business despite minor flooding

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GRAFTON, IL (KPLR) – While some cities along the Mississippi River are fighting the rising water, Grafton Il wants visitors to know it is open for business.

“We’ve learned to live with unpredictably of the Mississippi,” said Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson.  “If it wasn’t for that great river we wouldn’t have tourists in Grafton.”

The owner of Aerie’s Winery and Grafton Zipline has a sign on his winery balcony indicating it sits 253 feet above the record flood levels of 1993.  It’s a reminder that flooding won’t shut down his business.

“The majority of businesses in Grafton are open and are going to stay open even if it gets ten foot higher,” said Jeff Lorton.

He and the mayor want visitors to know there are plenty of ways to get around Grafton.  As of Monday night, there was no flooding on the main road through Grafton.  The Hawg Pit was the only business closed due to flooding.

Thompson said the city will help visitors find their around Grafton should there be any detours before the end of the week when waters are expected to crest.

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Clarksville flooding concerns, Mississippi River set to crest soon

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