It’s Flood Season ☹️

Notice: Our museum will close at 5 pm on May 1 in preparation for significant flooding in Kampsville. It will remain closed until further notice. 

Other scheduled CAA activities and programs are unaffected at this time.

Floods are a fact of life when you live in a river valley. The Illinois River has been out of its banks for a few weeks now, though not enough to impact our buildings and programs. That is going to change during the next few days.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Illinois River will reach 37.5 ft by next week as measured at the Hardin, IL, gauge. That means the flood will enter the museum. Floodwater enters the museum around 36.5 ft.

NWS flood prediction, 1 May 2019. No fun.

This will be the fifth time the river has flooded the museum since 2013. We hope the prediction is wrong and the museum will stay dry. Failing that, we hope the flood is brief. As of this post, the prediction at the downstream Grafton gauge near the confluence suggests the rivers may drain relatively soon. But, we’ve been misled before.

In the meantime, no other activities or programs are cancelled. Enrollments are open for programs and limited scholarship funds are available. Don’t miss out!

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