Mississippi River continues to rise along Quincy riverfront
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:59:28 GMT —
All eyes are on the Mississippi river as excessive rain up north makes its way to the Tri-States.
Take a drive along the Quincy riverfront and you can clearly see how high the water has already risen.
The same thing is true in the parking lots near the Quincy Boat Club where the water is already lapping at the edge of the grass on the other side.
In fact, the only ones that seem to be enjoying the rising waters are these geese along the riverfront.
Adams County Emergency Management Agency director John Simon says this is only the beginning.
"We're now going to start to see over the next several days some road closures. Water's going to be over roads, particularly North Bottom road is going to be under as the river continues to rise," Simon said.
Quincy Park District crews were out early Tuesday morning tieing up the docks in the Art Keller Marina.
"There's several large docks that sit high in the air. And then there's a couple, you know, 50, 60 foot house boats. So when you get big gusts or winds everything just wants to shift with the wind," Rome Frericks with the Quincy Park District said.
Quincian Scott Westhouse took advantage of the early warning and got his boat out of the marina.
"With the rain up north I know sometimes the water gets high. I know there's a lot of debris in the water right now. So it's just safe to get the boat out right now and to have things taken care of," Frericks said.
One question on people's minds is whether or not traffic will be re-routed on the bridges.
"I've been in contact with the IDOT officials and they're monitoring the situation if they need to do a bridge closure on the Memorial and redirect onto the Bayview. They're making those calls but at this point if appears as if the forecasted river levels below the threshold of what that would be required," Simon said.
Simon says that threshold is around the 27 foot mark. He says another danger that people need to pay attention to is the current.
"If you were to just look at this river, the current is going pretty fast and besides the debris that's in it, it wouldn't take much at all to take somebody away and then you're pretty much gone in these fast moving flood waters," Simon said.
Simon shared some good news with KHQA this evening.
The original prediction of a 26 foot crest on July 9 has been revised to 25.7 feet on July 7.