ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-Rivers in and around St. Louis have crested or will do so over the next two days. It can be hard to imagine the spread of floodwaters after the significant rains we have seen. So we took to the sky aboard Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX to get an aerial view on how flooding is affecting the region
Flood waters cover portions of Highway 100 in Grafton, IL. The town is at the confluence of the swollen Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and from Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX, water can be seen spilling into city streets and covering up driveways. It’s a drill this river community is used to and most businesses are ready for visitors. The popular Loading Dock restaurant and bar tells visitors on its website, “We Are Open.”
IDOT is asking drivers to use a detour of Illinois 3, Illinois 109 and Illinois 16. The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Grafton Tuesday at 28 feet.
Downstream, the river is creeping into Alton, IL. The Liberty Bank Amphitheater is high and dry but some picnicking areas nearby are under water. From SkyFOX you can see that the floodwaters surround the Argosy Casino. The gaming hotspot is using a covered gangplank to welcome patrons. A crest at 30 feet, 11 feet over flood, is expected Tuesday.
The Cuivre River should crest near Old Monroe overnight, around 32 feet, 8 feet over flood stage. From SkyFOX, water could be seen topping levees near town. The bridge on Old Highway 79 over the river was closed, water lapping at the road bed. Police cars blocked the road, while onlookers walked up to peek at the rushing water.
In St. Charles, the Missouri River has risen out of its banks, covering some, but not all of riverside Frontier Park. The river has already crested once, but a smaller crest in expected Wednesday at 27.7 feet.
In downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River is about 9 feet over flood stage and the flood gates are closed. Water covers the construction zone along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and debris is washing up next to the steps of the Gateway Arch. The popular St. Louis Riverfront Trail is closed to bikers and cyclists. The Mississippi River crested on Monday, but a second crest at 36.5 feet is expected Wednesday.
Of course, St. Louis is not the only region affected by the numerous recent Midwestern storms and the rains from Tropical Depression Bill. Flooding has wreaked havoc in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, southwest Missouri, central Illinois, and Indiana.