The Missouri, the Mississippi and Illinois are in flood.  This is the big news, the real news is that their tributaries generally are also in flood!  Boating season is stalled in the mid-west and that is a major problem for many of us Commanders.  A small reflection on our harbor locale:  We are officially part of the City  of West Alton, MO.  West Alton faces a voluntary evacuation, the route I usually take to our harbor passes 15 miles of very productive bottom land, not unusual for land near our harbors.  This land is not cultivated yet either due to rain or flooding.  Two small tourist $$ dependent towns are isolated due to flooded highways, not rural roads, this just in my view, add the many small and mid-sized businesses in this drainage that are affected.  The Quad-Cities are not making news in a favorable manner.   Pam and Chris, how is the upstream contingent?  Large and small towns' populations near these rivers and tributaries are suffering either from flooding or isolation and... I can't enjoy my Commander one more year!  It doesn't lessen my discomfort but it changes my perspective.....some.

Best wishes to those many thousands in the "Zone"


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It's rough going in the Quad Cities, along the Mississippi. We've set an all time record and it could go higher as more drenching rains are on the way. Back in February, we already had concerns that the Spring floods would be bad. Northern snow pack, alone, was going cause problems if there was a fast melt. Well, guess what, it was a fast melt. There has been drenching rain after drenching rain, and with saturated ground, all that rain runs into the rivers. We worked hard to get the Soaring sun in the water so that she'd be as safe as possible. The entire marina is now under feet of water. We have to take a boat to get to the boat, but she's safe, so far. We're now holding our breath as there is a lot of stress in the marina dock infrastructure since the marina is now in the river current. Several folks chose not to launch their boats which was bad idea. The water came up around a pretty little 27 commander and it floated long enough to leave its
stands and then sink in the parking lot. The battle continues.....
Best of luck. We boated out of the Quad Cities for a few years. Tim, glad we weren’t running upstream this year. It would not have happened. It was hard enough in ‘17. Launching 5/20.

Arial of Sunset Marina rear parking lot in Rock Island IL.

Yikes. We used to put in there via Miss Boat. Bob ? was the owner. Guessing he is gone.

Mike, I think this link works and towards the 1 minute mark is Grafton Harbor May 2.  The 2:29 mark is the entrance to our harbor just to the right of the marker light.


Local video upstream from our harbor but almost due north from our home.  Mike it also has video of Grafton Harbor, no grocery run today!

Up until about 6 weeks ago our Marina, Commodore Yacht Club in Nashville was under water for 4 weeks.  We're good now.   The Old Timer's say that has never happened.

I can echo the points above.... Our marina in Sabula, IA (upper Mississippi) is surrounded by flood waters.  I was out last week to see and it looks like we will be several weeks out yet before they start to put boats in.  Savanna, IL, just across the river, has been flooded now for over 45 days...a record.  The forecast shows a steady drop, but there continues to be rain up north, so I don't know if I believe the 7 day plot that they are publishing.  We are replacing an engine this year, so my season was already short... *sigh*  Not much we can do about it... just hope that there is some relief soon for the towns along the river and the farmers that surround the area. 

Now it looks as though June may be lost, the second highest record crest is predicted to occur June 5 and there will be all of Chris and Pam's water behind it so commissioning may happen in july!  Anyone interested in waterfront property in Missouri?

Wow Tim... I saw the water was higher just south of us, but I didn't think they were talking that June might be out of the question for you!  I suppose though, considering that our harbor is now saying that they don't plan to start launching again (they only got 3 boats in before they stopped) until the second week of June.  I'd be more bummed if we weren't replacing an engine, getting new cutlass bearings, and having the rudders and shafts repacked... If ever there were a year to have a delay, this would be it for us.  *sigh*  And the rain continues to fall... 

This was the scene in the building I'm restoring mine in a week ago .

Still waters  reflect  deep.  Probably  should  use  ground  fault  outlets.

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