June 23rd, 2008
06:38 PM ET

Riverfront property for sale.... cheap

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Kay Jones
AC360° Staff

"House For Sale: Riverfront Property"

That's the first sign I noticed after we pulled into Grafton, Illinois, today. Pretty typical sign, but in a not so typical situation.

The Mississippi River has risen to the bottom of the gate where the sign is hanging, about 200 yards from where the river usually stops.

Today, reporter Gary Tuchman, our CNN crew, and I hung out with the owners of Jimbo's General Store & Hardware, Jim and Linda Tolley. They say the flooding so far is not as bad as it was in 1993, but as we were wrapping up our day with them, a new predicition on Wednesday's river crest came in... and it's another 5-6 inches higher than what they were told yesterday.

While Gary and our cameraman, Dave, were taking a boat tour of the area with Jim, his wife, Linda, and I chatted about the river's rise. She told me that they've been experiencing high water levels for six weeks and that it was only a matter of time before the town saw the flooding.

She also said that Grafton isn't protected by a levee, so she was expecting some water. Just not this much.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Almost like the signs after a hurricane – gone with the wind a lot of them say. I hope these people and others like them don't get any more water or floods. It just seems unending..especially to them I'm sure.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm |
  2. Annette (CA)

    We have got to stop building in areas that belong to nature. Its just not worth it. Enjoy its magnificant beauty and respect it.

    June 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm |
  3. Cindy

    It seems that every house there is river front property as of right now. I feel sorry for those people cause I don't see that changing anytime soon.


    June 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm |