Grafton to hold 'flood party' Saturday

The city hopes to help businesses still open despite flooding.

Brian Kelly
May 17, 2019 - 1:00 pm

(Brian Kelly, KMOX)


GRAFTON, Ill. (KMOX) — For the first time in weeks the Mississippi River dropped below major flood level in Grafton Friday morning, and while cleanup efforts are just getting started, the city will take some time Saturday to throw a party.

The block party is going to be held from 1 to 5 p.m., and as Mayor Rick Eberlin told KMOX, with water still over many roads you won't be able to drive to it. "We're actually going to use pontoons to ferry people to the Oyster Bar and around to the center of town the water did not affect and you have a multitude of restaurants and bars right there." 

Eberlin said that repeated flooding over recent years has left several business struggling, so they felt they needed to do something to help them. "I get calls to my office from businesses wondering how they're going to make payments. Those businesses have bank payments. I know the banks have been very good about understanding the situation." 

Eberlin said some flooded businesses have begun cleaning up, but the major cleanup will begin next week. He said they're hoping to have everything open before Memorial Day weekend. 

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