FULTON – The Mississippi River is expected to reach its maximum heights Monday as a result of melted snowfall from the northern Midwest, marking an end of gradual rises in the river that began in mid-March, the National Weather Service said.
At Lock and Dam No. 13 north of Fulton, the river was at 20.5 feet Friday afternoon. A crest of 21 feet is forecast for 3 a.m. Monday, with a slow reduction to less than 20 feet by April 12.
The NWS gauge in Camanche, Iowa, measured the river at 21.5 feet Friday, with a crest of 22.1 feet predicted for 3 a.m. Monday. The river is expected to fall 1 foot from crest by April 12.
More rain is expected Sunday.
State Route 84 south of Garden Plain Road to town will have flaggers directing one-way traffic as the rising river threatens the road, Albany Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director Ed Welch said.
Water Street, which is along the river, remains under a couple of feet of water and is closed.
In Savanna, Broderick Drive and the alley west of Main Street from Jefferson to Division Streets are closed.