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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Alton in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Alton and the Flood of '93

Alton and the Flood of '93 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 9, 2021
1. Alton and the Flood of '93 Marker
In the summer of 1993, very heavy and extensive rains began falling in the upper Midwest. This historic event pushed the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to record flood levels, and caused one of the most dramatic and damaging natural disasters in the history of the United States.

As the Mississippi swelled within its banks, the people of Alton braced themselves for the flood of the century. Though they fought a valiant battle, the river finally surged its way into downtown Alton, causing extensive damage.

"The battle with the river began in early April and continued until August 2nd. On some days the water rose a foot an hour. We didn't think it would ever stop raining. I have never seen so many good people give so much of themselves as during that flood."
—Don Huber, Alton resident

A worker wades through thigh-high water in downtown Alton during the flood of 1993.

Foodwaters in 1993 reached 9.5 feet above the street on the ConAgra grain silos in downtown Alton. Look for the line painted on the silos that indicates the record level of

Alton and the Flood of '93 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 9, 2021
2. Alton and the Flood of '93 Marker
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the river during the flood.

During the flood of 1993, Alton residents and volunteers worked all day and night filling sandbags to build floodwalls and reinforce levees. Despite their heroic efforts, downtown Alton lost its battle as river levels rose 21.7 feet above flood stage.

Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District; City of Alton, Illinois.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 2, 1993.
Location. 38° 53.134′ N, 90° 10.855′ W. Marker is in Alton, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Riverfront Drive west of Boat Launch Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton IL 62002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great River Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); A Changing Waterfront (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smallpox Island (about 600 feet away); The Duel That Never Happened (about 600 feet away); Ryder Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Discover History All Around Alton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debates! (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Alton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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May. 22, 2022