Residents in south central Illinois battle extreme river flooding

By WEEK Producer

Residents in south central Illinois battle extreme river flooding

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM CDT

ALTON, Ill. -- Rain-soaked communities along the Mississippi River in south central Illinois are waiting for the river to crest.

The National Weather Service says it expects the river to crest today at a height of 34.7 feet in Alton, Illinois. That forecast is slightly lower than originally predicted, but still 16 feet above flood stage and higher than the 30.6 feet crest in April.

Alton city officials say they have filled approximately 4,000 sandbags and erected a 320 foot flood wall.

The floods have wiped out streets and homes Alton, Grafton and Arnold, Illinois and Kimmswick, Missouri.

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