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Quincy Fireworks Display on the 4th Will Be at The Illinois Veteran’s Home

The rising Mississippi River has forced this year's Quincy Fourth of July Fireworks display to be moved from the riverfront to the Illinois Veterans Home this Thursday night. Other than the location thing should be going on as scheduled.

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Floodgates coming out in Hannibal, Missouri
Floodgates coming out in Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal’s Floodgates Coming Out [Video + Photo Gallery]

(Hannibal, Mo)—Hannibal’s five floodgates are being removed. Efforts began at approximately 7:30 this morning to remove the floodgates that have been in place for the past three weeks.

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Getty Images

Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana Reopens

Water has receded from U.S. 54 on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River at the Champ Clark Bridge, and IDOT and MoDOT crews opened the road to traffic just a few minutes ago.  The bridge was closed last week due to flooding from the Mississippi River.

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Memorial Lantern Float, Hannibal, Missouri
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Memorial Lantern Float in Hannibal is a Memorial Day Weekend Tradition

Saturday evening, the public is invited to attend the 5th annual Memorial Lantern Float. This event is a ceremonial release of lanterns into the Mississippi from Nipper Park as symbols of the universal hope for peace, open to all regardless of religion or background.

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Quincy's flooded Clat Adams Park on April 20, 2013.
Quincy's flooded Clat Adams Park on April 20, 2013.

Drastic Temperature Changes and Lots More Rain On the Horizon

As I write this, it's mostly sunny and 83 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.

Don't get used to it.

A drastic cold front will be sweeping across the area and some forecast models indicate the area could get upwards of four inches of rain over the next couple of days

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Quincy Riverfront Flood [Photo Gallery]

Various scenes around the Quincy riverfront on Friday afternoon, April 19. Memorial Bridge has been closed. Bayview Bridge is handling both westbound and eastbound traffic. The Mississippi River has risen dramatically over the last couple of days and is expected to crest Sunday, April 21

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High Water Coming on the Mississippi River [updated]

(UNDATED)—High water is on the way along the Mississippi River. The National Weather Service says the Mississippi will crest Tuesday at Hannibal at 26.3 feet—just over ten feet above technical flood stage.

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Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Run-Off Rain Better Than Nothing

I was having lunch the other day when I overheard a conversation about the heavy rain we were getting.  The person next to me was mentioning how we really needed this rain and how this could be a "million dollar" rainfall for the farmers in the area.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Illinois River to the Rescue?

Well, it's been a few weeks since I mentioned the low levels of the Mississippi River being a problem for shipping especially south of the St. Louis area.  It's so bad that the Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing rock blasting in the channel of the river south of the Gateway City.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Mississippi River Can’t Borrow from the Missouri River Right Now

As long as the weather remains mild traffic on the Mississippi River will continue to flow or will it?  Remember the drought we all went through this summer?  Well, the results of that are still being felt especially on the Mighty Mississippi.  With less water flowing from tributaries into the Mississippi, the water levels are getting dangerously low and as a result, barges are now required to carry lighter loads.

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