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Quincy city crews, residents, and businesses preparing for flood

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

While flash flooding in area streams is still a threat tonight, another big concern is the Mighty Mississippi.

Emergency crews and people who live along the river are preparing for what's expected to be one of the top five crests on record, and city crews will be putting down sand bags Friday morning as the Mississippi river is expected to rise at least another 6 feet by Sunday.

Not only are city crews preparing for major flooding, but residents along the Mississippi are too.

In preparation for one of the worst floods of all time, over a dozen city crew members began filling over 15 tons of sand into bags earlier Thursday morning.

Central services officials says the bags will be placed on Quincy's river front, not only to protect the city's water plant, but more importantly to stabilize the levee.

"The levee we built 20-25 feet long, and about 6 feet tall, so we put dirt down and plastic over that, and then sand bags on the north side of the levee where the water approaches just to hold the plastic and that hold the water back," said Van Davis, with Quincy Central Services.

Also prepping for the rising waters, are the ones who know the strength of the mighty Mississippi best-- the ones who live on it.

Randy McClelland says he's been wading through flooded waters near his river camp home in Quincy for 10 years.

But says Thursday's rapidly rising river had him cleaning out his basement earlier than expected.

"I got my 4-wheeler out, all my tools, dad got the pontoon, so it's come up this fast, it's probably come up a foot since I've been here," said McClelland.

But McClelland says the swollen Mississippi doesn't worry him, and plans on staying to ride out the storm, as his home is elevated nearly 30 feet off the ground.

But, McClelland says the river is no place for people unfamiliar with it, and certainly no place for site-seers who want to look at the flood.

"You know you get people down here who want to have a party or a bonfire, little kids, they get too close to the edge, and it doesn't take much," said McClelland.

Riverfront businesses are also gearing up for the flood.

The Pier Restaurant in Quincy has already put up its nearly 100-foot ramp, a very visual sign to all of Quincy that high waters are on the way.

 

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