ALTON - A stream of federal reimbursements is flowing to the city for expenses related to the damage and cleanup from last year's flooding along the riverfront, with more money supposed to come.

So far, Alton has gotten $143,397 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for repairs and cleaning because of the flooding, including fixing a gate at the Piasa Street outfall near Argosy Casino, City Comptroller Stephanie Elliott said.

The funding also paid for some city manpower, including overtime, and work on the floodwall, parking lot in Riverfront Park, sewer lines and Grand Avenue upgrades. The road had to be improved in order to provide workers and suppliers a detour to access the Illinois-American Water Co. plant off the Great River Road last year. The scenic road was flooded.Want the whole story?