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                   Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mississippi River flood of 2019 photos: Alton, Illinois

By DAN ROBINSON
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The Mississippi River crested this week at Alton, Illinois, just below the record set in 1993.

The line of red paint on the downtown grain elevator marks the 1993 high water line, showing how close the 2019 flood came to matching that record.

This drone panorama gives a birds-eye view of the downtown Alton area during the river crest:

Alton, IL flood 2019

A temporary floodwall protects downtown shops and buildings, with water seepage continually being pumped back into the river:

Viewed from across the river, the water's encroachment into the town is dramatic:

This drone panorama from the Missouri side provides a sense of scale:

Alton, IL flood 2019

The Audubon Center at Riverlands barely stays dry atop a small island of high ground:

The water has reached the top of the guide walls at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam:

The southbound lanes of Highway 67 lie underwater, with the Phillips 66 gas station only feet from being part of the flood:

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