Keithsburg taking precautions as river level rises

Robert Blackford/Editor
Water rises to within a few feet of the Keithsburg Boat Club.

By Robert Blackford/Editor

The Illinois Department of Transportation kept busy Wednesday (March 30) morning hauling sand into the city along the Pope Creek levee. Piles of sand have been placed all around the city in anticipation of the rising Mississippi River.

The National Weather Service indicated at 9:30 a.m. the stage was at 14.9 feet and rising . Flood stage is 14 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The river is forecast to rise to 15.6 feet Saturday morning .

River levels may become steady or slowly rise through the first full week of April.

At 14 feet water affects the low lying areas of Oquawka.

New Boston

The National Weather Service reported that the flood warning continued for the Mississippi River at New Boston Lock and Dam 17. The stage was at 16.2 feet at 6 a.m. Wednesday . Flood stage is 15 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The River is forecast to rise to 17.1 feet Saturday morning. .River levels may become steady or slowly rise through the first week of April.

The Illinois Department of Transportation moves sand near the Pope's Creek levee in Keithsburg.