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      Flood 2013 Updates

      Creek at Browning, Ill.

      April 30, 2013 - Clarksville, Mo.

      Tuesday, April 30, MoDOT crews have opened MO 79 to traffic from just south of Clarksville to Annada after being closed a little over a week due to flooding; MO 79 is open from Hannibal to Interstate 70 in St. Charles County.

      April 29, 2013 updates

      Beardstown Schools will remained closed until the end of a week due to the swelled Illinois River.

      The district's web site says that school will stay closed until May 6 due to continued flood risk.Waters are starting to drop gradually along the Illinois River.

      Bob Fitzsimmons of the Morgan County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency said crews continue to monitor seepage in Meredosia.

      Randy Dolan of the Scott County Levee and Drainage District said levee patrols continue along the levee near the Eagle Bridge between Scott and Pike counties.

      Hannibal, Mo.

      Water has rapidly receeded in Hannibal, Mo. (See video above from Sunday, April 29, 2013.)

      Clean up commences downtown and in the Admiral Coontz Armory.

      The Wednesday Senior Adult Dance at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center has been canceled May 1 but will resume next Wednesday, May 8.

      Pike and Scott Counties, Ill.

      According to Blake Roderick of the Pike and Scott Farm Bureaus the first phase of the flood fight is over. The Illinois River crested in both counties on Sunday and the next phase is monitoring the levees for seepage, boils and animal control.

      The National Weather Service expects the Illinois River to remain in major flood stage through next week.

      Sandbagging operations have ceased.

      The Big Swan district in Scott County is conducting 24/7 monitoring of the levee. Caution is still advised at the Florence Bridge as levee workers are crossing IL 100/106 to check levee conditions.

      The Scott County district is in 24/7 monitoring mode.

      The Mauvesterre district is in a 24-hour monitoring mode. They successfully contained a serious boil in the Village of Naples yesterday. Levee officials caution sightseers to stay off the levee until the flood event passes. The Valley City district across from Naples on the Pike County side of the Illinois River is in monitoring mode now. The McGee Creek district across from Meredosia in Pike County continues monitoring and patrolling its levees.

      Pike and Scott Counties, Ill.

      The flood fight on the Illinois River continues in Pike and Scott counties. Levees continue to hold back massive amounts of water. The National Weather Service expects the river to crest late Saturday at just below record levels. The river fell a bit through the night as water overtopped a couple of small levees upstream. As those basins fill, water will continue to rise to near record levels on the Illinois River. Skies are clouding up but rain predictions are scattered with little or no precipitation. Temperatures will be warm which is good for those working on the levees who continue their 24/7 patrols.

      A week ago, the Mississippi River was in full flood threatening farmers and towns along the western edge of Pike County. Friday, it is rapidly receding; its waters heading out to the Gulf of Mexico.

      A week ago, folk on the Illinois River were just gearing up for this week's flood fight. The river was expected to crest at above record heights by the middle of the week. The only things that have changed are that flood heights will come in at #2 and will crest throughout Saturday. As the river crests, it will be a very slow moving drop lasting over the next couple of weeks. Now we wait.

      SANDBAGGERS STILL NEEDED: In SCOTT COUNTY at the Bloomfield operation on Route 100 2.5-miles south of the I-72 Bluffs exit and turn east at Bloomfield Road. Now that the IL 100/106 bridge at Florence is open to traffic, the Bloomfield site is about a mile north and across the Plum Creek levee of the IL 100/106 junction west of Winchester. In PIKE COUNTY at the Danny Myers farm at the junction of County Roads 5 and 21 about 5-miles east of Perry (turn east off of IL 107 at the Arends-Awe John Deere dealership) on CR 5 or turn south on CR 21 off of IL 104 at Chambersburg. Today is the last day of sand bagging operations in Pike County according to Pike EMA director, David Greenwood.

      BIG SWAN district in Scott County should be finished with levee work. Caution is advised at the Florence Bridge as levee workers are still assembling at the bridge and crossing IL 100/106 to check levee conditions.

      SCOTT COUNTY district has about 15-miles of river and creek levees. When you cross the Illinois River on I-72, you are in the Scott County Drainage District. They continue to shore up levees and are in continued need of levee workers and sandbaggers. Check in with Randy Dolen at the Bloomfield site.

      MAUVESTERRE district are in a 24-hour monitoring mode.

      VALLEY CITY district across from Naples on the Pike County side of the Illinois River is in monitoring mode now. Levee officials got the district pumps working yesterday. Work will continue on patrolling and maintaining critical areas on the levee. Levee workers and sandbaggers are needed. Volunteers should report to the Danny Myers farm.

      MCGEE CREEK district across from Meredosia in Pike County continues monitoring and patrolling its levees.

      HIGWAYS OPEN(ING)-IDOT expects to re-open U.S. 54 at 10:00 a.m. today after being closed to traffic at the Champ Clark Bridge at Pike Station/Louisiana. Even though water is on the bridge structure, IL 100/106 remains open across the Illinois River at Florence.

      Scott County, Ill.

      SANDBAGGERS NEEDED: at the Bloomfield operation on Route 100 2.5-miles south of the I-72 Bluffs exit and turn east at Bloomfield Road. Big Swan district is completing construction saw crews working north and south of the Florence Bridge at IL 100/106. The Florence Bridge remains open at this time but police will be stationed at the bridge for traffic control as work continues. Volunteers are building the fence and placing of plastic and sandbags. Levee workers are needed and can check in at the Bloomfield site. There are 15-miles of river and creek levees. When you cross the Illinois River on I-72, you are in the Scott County Drainage District. They are in dire need of levee workers and sandbaggers. Check in with Randy Dolen at the Bloomfield site. Mauvesterre district which includes the Village of Naples has completed efforts to build up low spots in the system including road and railroad crossings. They are in a 24-hour monitoring mode now. Levee workers are still needed and can check in at the Bloomfield site.

      Pike County, Ill.

      Sandbaggers needed at the Danny Myers farm at the junction of County Roads 5 and 21 about 5-miles east of Perry (turn east off of IL 107 at the Arends-Awe John Deere dealership) on CR 5 or turn south on CR 21 off of IL 104 at Chambersburg.

      Beardstown, Ill.

      Beardstown schools are closing for the remainder of the week due to flooding. It will reopen on Monday, April 29th.

      Quincy, Ill.

      Memorial Bridge was reopened Tuesday afternoon.

      Lee County, Iowa

      People who qualify in Iowa, Lee and Muscatine Counties are now able to apply for state grants to help with home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing. For more information, Iowans should visit www.dhs.iowa.gov and click on the Disaster Assistance link. A total of eight counties affected by storms and flooding are now available to receive state assistance. Governor Brandstad issued a disaster declaration for three additional counties in Eastern Iowa. Ursa, Ill.

      The Ursa Township Road District has closed E 253rd Ln from N 2000th Ave to N 2300th Ave until further notice due to levee seepage. (Tuesday, April 23, 10:36 a.m.)

      Scott County, Ill.

      Sandbag volunteers needed at the Bloomfield operation on Route 100 2.5-miles south of the I-72 Bluffs exit and turn east at Bloomfield Road. Scott County and Mauvesterre districts which include the Village of Naples are bolstering their levees. Levee workers are needed. Big Swan District in Scott County saw crews building a ??board fence?? north of the pump house and have started building fence north to the Florence Bridge at IL 100/106 which is now open to traffic. Volunteers are building the fence and placing of plastic and sandbags. Levee workers are neededPike County, Ill.

      Sandbag volunteers needed at the Danny Myers farm at the junction of County Roads 5 and 21 about 5-miles east of Perry (turn east off of IL 107 at the Arends-Awe John Deere dealership) on CR 5 or turn south on CR 21 off of IL 104 at Chambersburg. Flood efforts also include protection of the Cargill Elevator in Florence which was completed yesterday and some work in Pearl that will be completed Tuesday. Valley City district across from Naples on the Pike County side of the Illinois River continues to build up their levee. Levee workers and sandbaggers are needed. McGee Creek district across from Meredosia in Pike County continues monitoring and patrolling its levees. There are no significant concerns at this time.

      Rushville, Ill.

      Due to piping modifications at Hilltop, all of Rushville water customers, along with the Northwestern Water customers, will be under a boil order starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 25th until further notice. If you have any questions, please call the Rushville City Hall at 217-322-3833.

      Marion County, Mo.

      Bear Creek cleanup has been rescheduled to May 18. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon and will meet at the parking lot next to the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Flooding has caused the 1819 Hannibal Stream Team to reschedule the cleanup. Gloves and supplies will be provided, along with snacks and water. A parent or guardian must accompany participants 11 and under. A parent and guardian must sign a waiver for anyone under 18. The 1819 Hannibal Stream Team was formed last year to help protect Hannibal??s many waterways. It was so named because Hannibal was founded in 1819. The Missouri Stream Team program was established almost 25 years ago by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

      Lincoln County, Mo.

      Monday, April 22 at approximately 3 p.m., MoDOT closed Route N at MO 79 east of Winfield as a precautionary measure due to the rising level of the Mississippi River.

      Hamilton, Ill.

      The city of Hamilton, Illinois is again requesting volunteers to help fill sandbags to fight the flood. Volunteers are asked to report to the south end of the boat harbor at Wildcat Springs at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Please bring your own gloves.

      Marion County, Mo.

      According to John Hark with the Marion County Emergency Management Agency, the crest happened Sunday morning.

      The crest was 27.9 feet.

      Hark said the water has already started going down.

      Quincy, Ill.

      Congressman Aaron Schock toured flood areas that are currently experiencing high water levels. He spoke with local officials about flood fighting efforts.

      The crest was 27.75 feet according to John Simon with the Adams County Emergency Management Agency.

      He said things throughout Adams County are stable, but upcoming rainstorms could change that.

      Gardner Denver will finish sandbagging Monday morning. The effort is not open to the public.

      Sny Island Levee and Drainage District

      The Sny Island Levee Drainage District runs from just south of Quincy all to way to near Pleasant Hill. But the superintendent of the Sny Island Levee District says the work they've done to the levees over the past several years has them in good shape.

      Mike Reed says they've improved the slope of the levees. He says they also worked to strengthen them over the years.

      "We've done a lot of work on our levees, a lot of slope work, so we've been able to control the seepage a little bit better," he said. "Our levees are much stronger then what they were and we've got better road accessability to the levees, so landowners have supported a lot of work to the levees since then and it's paying off. Reed said.

      Reed says they're not planning on pushing up their levees right now.

      LaGrange, Mo.

      Residents along Highway 61 filled sandbags and watching the river rise for days.

      Much of Highway 61 that runs through town is underwater along with homes and businesses.

      The local Post Office was flooded. A makeshift Post Office was set up in a local church.

      La Grange resident, Dave Burbridge, said that the water keeps creeping up to his home, but he is hoping his home will be spared.

      "We just kept watching it and stuff like that," he said. "It came up more overnight and its holding its own right now. We are just getting seepage in our basement and our sub-pump is running off and on but so far right now we are holding our own."

      Highway 61 through LaGrange is expected to be closed for at least a week.

      Louisiana, Mo.

      People worked until about midnight on Friday filling sandbags and creating a miniature levee behind an apartment house. Saturday, they filled more sandbags with the plan to make a levee all the way around the house. They expect the water to come up at least another two feet, so they're not taking any chances. Volunteer Frank Martinez says his crew went through about 15 tons of sand Friday night and expected final numbers on Saturday to be higher.

      Red Cross

      The Red Cross is continuing to respond to the rapidly rising waters in Illinois. There are currently six shelters to receive evacuees. Current shelters in our area include:

      Rushville (Schuyler County) Faith Christian Family Church RR#2 - will open at 3 p.m. SaturdayCanton (Fulton County) St. Mary's Gym 357 N. 3rd Street

      Important numbers:Canton - (309) 647-2040Champaign/Danville - (217) 351-5861Peru - (815) 223-0922Peoria - (309) 677-7272Quincy - (217) 222-2477Macomb - (309) 837-1594

      If you are looking for assistance in Missouri, you can contact the Northeast Missouri Chapter of the Red Cross at (573) 221-0320. Click here for other details.

      Beardstown, Ill.

      Beardstown Mayor Bob Walters declared a state of emergency in Beardstown Sunday around 11:30 a.m.

      Residents are asked to pack up important documents and heirlooms and be prepared for a possible emergency evacuation.

      Emergency officials in Beardstown discussed the response to the rapidly rising Illinois River in a meeting for 1 p.m. Sunday.

      Beardstown Mayor Bob Walters said that there is concern that the river would crest at about 30 1/2 feet by Wednesday. The Cass County side of the river near Beardstown is protected by a 22-mile 30 foot levee.

      As of Saturday afternoon there have been no attempts to add additional height to the levee.

      ??The difference between this one and the other ones we've had, this one's damn near like a tsunami,?? Walters said.

      One saving grace, Walters said, is that the levee on the Schuyler County side of the Illinois River is shorter meaning flood waters could spill west instead.

      ??One man's blessing is another man's curse,?? Walters said.

      State Route 67 between Beardstown and Meredosia is expected to close Sunday morning.

      Walters met with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock as the congressman tours the area Sunday.

      Meredosia, Ill.

      Residents here are anticipating the worst.

      Fire Chief Scott Werries said that townspeople began filling sandbags Saturday afternoon. No homes or businesses have been inundated, Werries said.

      "I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I've been on this levee all day."

      Clarksville, Mo.

      Gov. Jay Nixon toured the flood response operations at the Mississippi Riverfront about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

      The governor spent about an hour touring the operation. He activated the Missouri National Guard Friday to assist AmeriCorps volutneers and area residents who began filling sandbags earlier this week.

      It appears the efforts are helping.

      Clarksville remains dry.

      LaGrange, Mo.

      John Chapman reported that the LaGrange Post Office moved to the Notre Dame Catholic Church. He hadn't visually inspected the Post Office at the time of his call. In previous floods, the Post Office takes on water when the water reaches 22.7 feet.

      The crest is predicted at 24.3 feet.

      Chapman does not know when the Post Office will move back. Postal operations in Niota, Ill. were moved the Village Hall as a precaution.

      Canton, Mo.

      Jeff McReynolds of the Canton Emergency Management Agency reported that the river crested at about 9:20 a.m. Saturday a half a foot over "action stage". There's currently no sandbag filling operation. Click here for update information.

      Clark County, Mo.

      John Winkleman, president of Des Moines-Mississippi Levee District 1, reports at 9 a.m. Saturday that things were quiet in Clark County, Mo.. Closures were bagged and covered with plastic. The crest is now expected Tuesday but there's no immediate danger.

      Southeast Iowa

      Lee County Emergency Management Agency director Steve Cirinna reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raised the crest for Keokuk overnight. Officials are watching the river, but a sandbagging operation along the Keokuk riverfront could begin within the next few days. April 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.

      Illinois and Missouri Department of Transportation,

      IDOT and MoDOT crews closed the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 about 7:30 a.m. over the Mississippi River at Louisiana due to flooding on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

      Motorists traveling into Illinois will be detoured over U.S. 61 and 36 to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal, U.S. 61/24 to the Quincy Bayview Bridge at West Quincy or south to St. Louis.

      Lighted message signs are being placed on U.S. 36 and 61 at Hannibal, U.S. 61 and 54 near Bowling Green, and at Atlas, Illinois to advise motorists of the road closure. Drivers should follow the detoured routes or consider other local routes to the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal.

      Crews will open the road as soon as the water recedes and has been cleared for safe travel.

      Sny Levee, Ill.

      Sny Island Levee District superintendent Mike Reed said that people are patrolling the levee and checking for problem spots. There were no trouble spots reported as for 8 a.m. Saturday.

      Niota, Ill.

      Appanoose Township road commissioner Kevin Simmons, the Road Commissioner said crews built rock berms near Niota Saturday morning. They are also filling sandbags and watching one low spot.

      Stay with this story for all flood updates in one location. New items will be added to the top of this story.