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June 2008

 

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Picture of the Day

 

  

 

   

 

 

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The River Picture of Day ..... Is from Valerie Aulabaugh, who hails out of Grafton Harboer in the boat .."Last Call".

 

Bill,

 A little flood water doesn't keep the residents of Grafton and a few die-hard boaters down. It's a great opportunity for a party. I have sent a few pictures from Saturday and Sunday at Grafton Harbor. Obviously we are an island but a great one at that. The pictures are of a party on the porch on Saturday, the Loading Dock under water, Piasa Winery from the back and one of the rock wall from the back of our boat. It's no longer hard to see over it and the turkey buzzards sure like to sun themselves on the top. NOAA says we saw the crest and the water should be on the way down. Hopefully we will all be out on the river soon!!!
 

Valerie Aulabaugh
Last Call

 


 

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 ------   was a red and blue sunset with a lone fisherman in the distance taken up around the Two Branch island area.

   Actually this sunset kept getting better and better and better......But the sad news is...my pictures didn't !

  Have a safe boating weekend !


 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club.....Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

  The list is getting shorter !

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/29/08
Subject: UPDATED L/D CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1196

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0256-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0251-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0256-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE FOLLOWING LOCKS AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS:
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR
THESE CLOSURES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE. LOCKS
AND DAMS WILL REOPEN ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS BASED UPON LOCAL GAUGE
READINGS.


 

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1196...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

 

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough

 

 

 

Flood Video........Finally edited a couple of video clips from the June 18th flyover with Lloyd of the flooding in Alton Pool. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.

Darryll Weil, webmaster


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Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn  .......

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)

 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina

 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic 

 

 per Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

   Click here to read entire news release
  Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE RIVER CLOSURE

 

 Per NAVNOTICE # 1181......... Click here
  Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

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  Click here

Water Levels Are Finally Starting To Fall.....

The water levels are starting to fall finally. Alton was at 33 feet on Sunday and is expected to reach 33.2 feet on Monday. Grafton is finally peaking at 30.8 feet. The Illinois River at Hardin has already crested and is starting to fall. Workers have done a good job of stacking sandbags. They even built a wall around the Portage Des Sioux Water Plant.  The Missouri National Guard is still keeping an eye on the water though. They are especially watching low spots in West Alton. Hopefully this will be the end of it.

To read this full story in the Alton Daily News, click here

Sandbagging Efforts Have Stopped For Now........

For right now, the sandbagging has come to a halt in the St. Louis region for now. On Saturday,  the last 1,600 foot barrier in Lincoln County broke, which destroyed about 90 homes and did damage to about 70 homes. On Sunday the waters were supposed to crest in the St. Louis area. For now, they feel that the other levees will hold, so they have stopped sandbagging. If you would like information about future volunteers needed, call 1-800-426-4626.

To read this full article on STLtoday.com, click here

Celebrate this Country's Independence at Area Corps of Engineers projects.......

 

    Click here for information on fireworks displays at US Army Corps of Engineers Lakes in the St. Louis Area

Missouri State Water Patrol News Releases.....

 

   A couple of boating incidents reported this past weekend.  


News Release N07080085

 Collision/objects / Lake Of The Ozarks - 06/29/2008

           Victim struck a tree on shore.
 

 

News Release N07080089

2 Boat Collision / Lake of the Ozarks - 06/29/2008

Boat #1 was travelling parallel with another seadoo. Operator of boat #1 turned left and then made a sharp right. Witnesses stated operator of boat #2 came out of no where and struck boat #2. Operator of Boat #2 was cited for Operating a pwc within 50' of another vessel and operating motorboat while intoxicated 

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........

   Dated 27 June is available on-line for the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

       

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Grafton Carries On..........

Grafton, Illinois is a great river town. They are used to the Mississippi River and they do what they can to keep their little town going. Most of their antique shops have remained open in spite of the flood waters. A few of the restaurants are still open also. The owner of the Loading Dock has decided to open up a temporary restaurant on the east side of the property. The Health Department allowed it because he will have portable toilets and hand washing stations. He is waiting about a week because he doesn’t want to cause too much extra traffic. He will be opening up though soon and he will sell barbecue and beer. To find out exactly when he will be opening, you can call 618-786-3494.

To read this full story on the telegraph.com, click here

Luttrell Marine is Open For Business........

   

 Bob Slough e-mailed RiverBill's that Luttrell Marine is open for business.  Give them a call !

Little John's is Open For Business........

   

  Due to the ongoing flooding of the Mississippi River.... Little John has had to evacuate. To contact him for work or anything else of import he has his cell phone with him and has sporadic email access. His cell phone number is:
(636) 541-2962

He has a mobile shop set up in the race trailer and is staying in the motor home temporarily.

 

Darryll Weil

River Facts....

June 30, 1870 in River History


The Natchez and the the Robert E. Lee set off from New Orleans on a 1,200 miles race up the Mississippi to St. Louis.
The event kicked-off of the St. Louis annual Veiled Prophet parade and festivities.

 

Click here for more info

Old Monroe Missed The Worst Of The Flooding.....

According to STLtoday.com, areas such as Winfield, Foley and Clarksville were all hit hard with the flood this year. Old Monroe was lucky enough to miss the worst part of it.  Even though they did get high waters and several homes got water in them or in their basement, there are still many places that got very little damage. There were a couple of residents who totally ignored the warning to evacuate on Friday. These residents have lived there all their lives and feel that they don’t have anything to worry about. Even though their house is on higher ground, the roads around it are flooded. They have to take their Jon boat to go into town to get anything. They can get to their house only by boat. To read more about this town and a few of these residents who were born and raised in Old Monroe. They plan on holding out and they say that they’re not going anywhere.  

To read this full story, click here

 

What About The Barge Traffic?

 

The people in Hardin have been working hard, as many other river towns are to keep the water from getting to them. They have been sandbagging and working around the clock to save their homes and businesses. They are driving farther to work due to road closures and the ferries being down. Now they are questioning the barge traffic. They have wondering why there isn’t a speed limit for these barges that send wakes up to their sandbagged shoreline. They are also asking why they do not have to stay in the middle of the river. They feel that this would help the large wakes that come rushing in their town. On a better subject, the state of Illinois just received $3.5 million in funds to pay 200 workers to start cleaning up the flood areas. They need workers to clean up damaged facilities and others to deliver food, clothing and other items to the flood victims.

To read this full document in telegraph.com, click here

The Star Of A Reality Show Comes Back To Reality......

Matt Neustadt, the 29 year old farmer from Portage Des Sioux, who was starring in a reality show, “Farmer Wants a Wife,” was not able to join his friends to watch the finale of the show on Wednesday night. He had to take care of his farm. Since 800 of the 2,000 acres of his family land has got 6 to 15 feet of water in it, he is working to save as many crops that he can. He had to wait until after the show to express his true feelings for one of the single city women who were trying to impress this good old country boy. It really bothered Matt every week when he had eliminate one of the ladies. He was very impressed by 23 year old Brooke. In fact, he would love the chance to talk her into moving to the ‘Show Me Stat.’ Right now his thoughts are not on the reality show, they are on reality – the flood.

To read about this story, Matt’s show and his farm life, click here on STLtoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

Sat, Sun...28, 29 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Sun at 9:00AM...more 2008 Flood Pictures, Clean Water Act, Updated Lock and Dam Closures, News, Pic of the Day,  River Level Charts

 Updated Sat at 4:00PM ... US Army Corps Press Rel, Mo Dept Cons Fish Report, 2002  260 SeaRay For Sale,  More Pics on Little John's website, Little John's is open for business, Redneck Yacht Club Party, Lock and Dam Closures, Barge hits Eads Bridge, Winfield News, Army Corps Engs news Rel

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on picture to enlarge

 

   

The River Picture of Day ...Sunday... Is from Capt'n Gary Hunt, who hails out of IVY Club, in Peoria IL, in the cruiser "Lien On Me"

 

 

Bill,

I saw someone else had posted a picture of the Spirit of Peoria when it was in Alton a few weeks back. I took this picture last Sunday just south of the Route 24 bridge (McCluggage Bridge).

For those who don't know; the Spirit of Peoria is docked at downtown Peoria and gives daily rides a few miles upstream. They also go on longer excursions periodically. I believe they are at Starved Rock this week.

Gary L Hunt
"Lien On Me"


 

 

Picture of the Day

 

 

Click on picture to enlarge

 

   

The River Picture of Day ...Saturday... Is from the Winfield RiverCam yesterday about 2:15 PM.  It's the lock chamber at Lock and Dan 25!  The water is over the top of the up-river lock gates and over the concrete walkways around the lock house.

 

The good news is the Mississippi River has almost crested at Winfield !

 

Correction:

On 01 Aug, 1993 ... the Mississippi River crested at Winfield, Mo during the record setting flood of 1993

 

E-mail Commentary of the Weekend

 

Get on your soapbox, write a commentary,  tell us what you think !

 

 

From:       "Clayton Murphy" <claytonm21@bellsouth.net>
To:           "River Bill" <riverbill@prodigy.net>
Subject:    Flood area needs
Date:        Thu, 26 Jun 2008 22:47:42 -0500

 

Bill,

Thank you for all of the info you have given on the flooding. I check it daily.
I am now a Florida resident with family boating out of Two River's in Louisiana.
My co-workers and I would like to help from afar. I know that supplies and money are needed. (We've done the hurricane thing here.) Where is the best place, other than the Red Cross, to send things? If you or your readers know we would appreciate the info.

Thanks again. Keep up the great work.
God's Blessing to all,
Kelley Murphy
Jupiter, FL.

 

 

This is a public service for the boaters who frequent this website.  E-mails  posted are the sole responsibility of the person who wrote them; they are not reflective of the views or opinions of RiverBills.com LLC.

RiverBilll's reserves the right to only post e-mails written in good taste.

Full name is appreciated

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Sunday

Click on pic to enlarge

 

“Calloway Steam Generators”

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 --Sunday  

was sent in by Bert Yates. 

 

He wrote

 

 "Here’s a sight not often seen on the Upper Miss.  Although the picture quality is poor, the bright white cylinders laying on their side are two of the four steam generators being replaced at Callaway during this fall’s outage.  The trip started from Chalon, France on May 12th and they arrived at Callaway’s Missouri River docking facility on June 21st.   Each steam generator weighs in at a svelte 371.5 tons, not including the packing and shipping containers.  Not quite what Mike Tyson tipped the scales for his last fight, but definitely in the heavyweight class! "


 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Saturday

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“Foggy Sunday Morn”

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 --Saturday-  are from Blue Marlin

 

Hi Bill, 

We got an early start on Sunday and were lucky enough to witness a quiet foggy morning, the sun started to poke through the clouds and Summertime eventually won out!

Take Care,

Blue Marlin
 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club......Closed

North Shore Oasis.........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon...........Closed

Graftons Landing...........Closed

Kinders Restaurant........Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Updated Sun at 8:00AM

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

  The list is getting shorter !

 

To: ALL MARINERS
From: Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/29/08
Subject: UPDATED L/D CLOSURE
NAVNOTICE # 1196

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0256-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0251-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0256-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
THE FOLLOWING LOCKS AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH
RIVER LEVELS:
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR
THESE CLOSURES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE. LOCKS
AND DAMS WILL REOPEN ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS BASED UPON LOCAL GAUGE
READINGS.


 

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1196...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from  Bob Slough

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Bob Slough

 

 

 

Flood Video

 

Finally edited a couple of video clips from the June 18th flyover with Lloyd of the flooding in Alton Pool. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.

Darryll Weil, webmaster


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Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)

 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE RIVER CLOSURE

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181......... Click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

.....
  Click here

 Updated Sun at 9:10 AM

Clean Water Act...........

From:         "Darryll Weil"
Subject:     Con Trios website update
Date:         Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:48:38 -0500


Important update on the EPA's Clean Water Proposal affecting recreational boats.

OK all you boaters waiting for the water to go down, here is something constructive you can do to pass the time. Go to the BoatBlue.org website and mail off letters to your Senators and Representatives in support of the Clean Boating Act of 2008. Click here to read about the EPA's proposal that would require all of us to get permits relating to any water discharge from our boats, including bilge water.

This is important to all of us. I sent my letters by regular mail and have received positive responses from Senators Bond and McCaskill. Get yours in the mail ASAP.

Thanks,

Darryll, webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club.
 

RiverBill says...Thanks Darryll !

 Updated Sun at 7:20AM

Little John's MotorSports Update...........

Saturday June 27th about 10 PM

Got some good news to report for the Little Johns Motorsports Drag Boat Race Team! While they are flooded out here at home they went to the Kentucky Drag Boat Association races on Kentucky Lake and Ashley and Kwitchabitchin are competing in two classes. Right now they are number one qualifier in the 9 second bracket and number two qualifier in the 8 second bracket! Congrats and win some money!

Darryll Weil, webmaster, www.littlejohnsinc.com
 

 

 Updated Sat at  4:00PM

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release.......

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Click here for larger size .pdf document

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report. 

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

75 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 6/26/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

74 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on live baits, worms, sunfish and goldfish; carp fair on worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 6/26/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Updated Sat at 1:40PM

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report. 

 

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

75 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 6/26/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

74 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on live baits, worms, sunfish and goldfish; carp fair on worms; all other species slow.

(Report made on 6/26/2008)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Updated Sat at 12:50PM

The midwest is the only place where you hand someone a sandbag and they say thank you !

   

River Bill,

I just received a note of concern from a friend in California who saw the national news about the flood and realized it was where we live and play (on the River). She relayed a quote from another friend who is floodstruck in Iowa, "The midwest is the only place where you hand someone a sandbag and they say thank you."

I confirmed that it is absolutely true.

Jeri Levesque
S/V Ex Libris
Sioux Harbor

 

 

Jeri...I just made it RiverBills "Quote For The Week"  at the top of this webpage.  Thanks for sending it in !

Updated Sat at 10:55AM

More Drag Boat Pictures on Little Johns.......

   

  Check out Little John's Motor Sports Website for more pictures from last weekend's drag boat race at Creve Coeur Park !

 

Click here

Updated Sat at 9;10AM

Little John's is Open For Business........

   

  Due to the ongoing flooding of the Mississippi River.... Little John has had to evacuate. To contact him for work or anything else of import he has his cell phone with him and has sporadic email access. His cell phone number is:
(636) 541-2962

He has a mobile shop set up in the race trailer and is staying in the motor home temporarily.

 

Darryll Weil

 

 

Updated Sat at 8:30AM

Redneck YachtClub Party ........

   

  Hi Bill. 

Chuck and I decided we will have a 'redneck yachtclub party' this weekend.  Plenty of boat parking in our front yard.  Vehicles should be very tall.

Sue

RiverBill says......It's Saturday evening at Chuck and Sue's place on Hwy C, right outside of Old Town St. Peters.

BOB...Bring your own Boat !

Landyachts will need to navigate about 2 ft of water to get there !

Updated Sat at 8:00AM

Northbound Tow Hits Eads Bridge........

   

  According to a news story on STLtoday.com a barge being pushed up-river by a northbound tow on the Mississippi River collided with the iron supports of Eads Bridge in downtown St. Louis yesterday afternoon ! 

Click here to read the on-line news story

Updated Sat at 7:50AM

National Guard Builds Flood Barrier at Winfield........

   

  According t a news story on STLtoday.com the National Guard headed to Winfield, Mo and constructed a barrier to help protect the town from the rising flood waters.

 

Click here to read the on-line news story

Updated Sat at 7:45AM

Cat Fishing In Winfield Mo

 

   

Check out the STLtoday newsclip about cat fishing in Winfied, Mo

Click here.

 Updated Sat at 7:25AM

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release.......

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Click here for larger size .pdf document

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

 Updated Fri at 7:25PM

Ameren UE News Release.......

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Click here For larger size MS Word doc

 Updated Fri at 7:15PM

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release.......

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Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Saturday  June 28

For more information, please contact Sandy @ (314)440-3267.

Please make all donations payable to Darlene Skeen, mail to:
Darlene Skeen c/o Sandy Pearl 1306 Flintshire Dr. Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

 

Updated Fri at 10:30AM

Welcome......MAYBRI JANE LEWIS

 

    Hi all.

  Our bundle of joy Maybri Jane Lewis, arrived Wednesday morning@ 6:37. She was exactly 7 lbs and 18-3/4 inches. Okay, while I'm certainly biased, she REALLY is cute!!!! And Brian is so cute with her!! 

 

BRIAN AND MARY LEWIS OF LEWIS BOATS
 

River Aide.....

 

From:       "Mary Lindsay"
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    River Aide
Date:        Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:03:13 -0400


Hi Bill,

Just wanted everyone to know that the Elks Lodge #791 in Louisiana, Mo. has been the temporary home to 80 National Guardsmen and National Guardswomen and some displaced families during the 2008 Flood and sandbagging.
The lodge has been feeding approximately 500 per day, due only in part by the hard work, donations, and food brought in by members and the community. Even the Jefferson City Elks Lodge brought in food, toiletries, and a check for $1100.00 to aide in the relief.
It doesn't get any better than this--unless it quits raining up north, of course!

Thanks for all of the great input in this stressful time.
Mary Lindsay--Elk member & boat "Knot-A-Yacht" at Two Rivers Marina

 

River Facts....

 

June 28, 1922 in River History


Water skiing was invented on June 28, 1922 when eighteen-year-old Ralph Samuelson of Minnesota decided if people can ski on snow, then why can't they ski on water? Ralph first attempted to water ski on Lake Pepin (Mississippi River)

 

Click here for more info

Friday

27 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 7:30 PM..... Ameren UE News Release, US Army Corps Engs News Release...... Bloch Marine is open for Business, Welcome......MAYBRI JANE LEWIS,

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

A Cedar Hill Sunset

 

   

The River Picture of Day ...... Was sent in by Dave and Carrie Ash of Cedar Hill Resort.  It's a good looking sunset over a flooded Mississippi River
 

E-mail Commentary of the Day

 

Get on your soapbox, write a commentary,  tell us what you think !

 

 

Date:         Wed, 25 Jun 2008 05:11:16 -0700 (PDT)
From:        "Mike and Rosie Holaus"
Subject:    River closure
To:           riverbill@prodigy.net
  

Hi Bill,
I read the notice about the Water Patrol removing vessels that they find operating on the flooded river. I was just wondering if I could get them to throw on some bottom paint and give 'er a good waxin'.
BTW, we lived on the Meramec River for twenty years and never filled a sand bag. Build with good materials and let the river do its thing. Some lower levees may be necessary for agricultural use, but to protect man made strutures? Where will it end, a drain pipe from Minnisota to New Orleans?
Anyway, River Rats, don't despair. You know this happens every few years and just consider it THE BIG FLUSH. I can just hear those SUV engines revving up in St.Charles and headin' for Lake of the Idiots, where your hard earned dollar takes you only as far as Jefferson City.
See you soon on the Mighty Mississippi,
Swing Set

 

 

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Full name is appreciated

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The "Williams wave"

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2006 ----   was of the first annual Casey Cruise...sent in by Jan Williams of Williams Marine Clean.

First Annual Casey Cruise   

 

Hi again Bill

  Our dear nephew, Casey Williams and his best friend Brandon Travis were tragically taken from us last Wednesday in a car accident.  They both worked at Lake Center Marina and were true "river rats".  Today the Williams family and some close friends went on our first annual " Casey Cruise", and here we are,  all giving Casey our "Williams wave".  He will truly be missed.

 

Thanks Bill

Jan Williams

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from  Gary and Judy Meinersahgen, Dave and Carrie Ash

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Gary and Judy Meinersahgen

 

 

 

Flood Video

 

Finally edited a couple of video clips from the June 18th flyover with Lloyd of the flooding in Alton Pool. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.

Darryll Weil, webmaster


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Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)

 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Mississippi River Crest has been moved out   ........

  

   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers forecast, the Mississippi River is scheduled to crest at Winfield, Grafton and Alton on 06-27-08 thru 06-29-08

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE RIVER CLOSURE

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181......... Click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

.....
  Click here

 Updated Fri at 7:25PM

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release.......

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Click here For larger size MS Word doc

 Updated Fri at 7:15PM

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release.......

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Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Saturday  June 28

For more information, please contact Sandy @ (314)440-3267.

Please make all donations payable to Darlene Skeen, mail to:
Darlene Skeen c/o Sandy Pearl 1306 Flintshire Dr. Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

 

Updated at 10:30AM

Wecome......MAYBRI JANE LEWIS

 

    Hi all.

  Our bundle of joy Maybri Jane Lewis, arrived Wednesday morning@ 6:37. She was exactly 7 lbs and 18-3/4 inches. Okay, while I'm certainly biased, she REALLY is cute!!!! And Brian is so cute with her!! 

 

BRIAN AND MARY LEWIS OF LEWIS BOATS
 

Crests Keep Rising And Some Counties Are Still Threatened By The Flood...

With rain still in the forecast, officials keep raising the crest levels. Levees are being watched, some places have been evacuated and people have been injured or killed. With Elm Point Levee breeching, Deerfield Mobile Home Park residents are advised to evacuate because the waters should reach them by Saturday. This park houses about 700 people. Floodwaters have also caused some roads to be closed. In fact, Hwy 370 was closed for awhile this week because deer were congregating on the highway.

To read this full article and see some new crest levels on STLtoday.com, click here

River Aide.....

 

From:       "Mary Lindsay"
To:            riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:    River Aide
Date:        Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:03:13 -0400


Hi Bill,

Just wanted everyone to know that the Elks Lodge #791 in Louisiana, Mo. has been the temporary home to 80 National Guardsmen and National Guardswomen and some displaced families during the 2008 Flood and sandbagging.
The lodge has been feeding approximately 500 per day, due only in part by the hard work, donations, and food brought in by members and the community. Even the Jefferson City Elks Lodge brought in food, toiletries, and a check for $1100.00 to aide in the relief.
It doesn't get any better than this--unless it quits raining up north, of course!

Thanks for all of the great input in this stressful time.
Mary Lindsay--Elk member & boat "Knot-A-Yacht" at Two Rivers Marina
 

West Alton Levee Could Overtop This Week.....

People in West Alton thought they were ok, because the crest levels were better than expected; however, now with more rain on the way, that could all change. The levee is able to hold 33 to 34 feet of water. The levels are only expected to go to 33 feet, but the levee is very saturated. Many of the residents are leaving voluntarily. Officials have not forced an evacuation yet, but many of the people don’t want to take any chances.

 To read about this levee threat, click here on KSDK online,

Congratulations Ashly Ruf & Little John's Motorsports

Update...Little John's MotorSports

 

  
Hi Bill,

 
I try to check in as best that I can, but its not easy.
We were so very happy with all the people that came to see us at Creve Coeur Races.  We did promise to put on a good show, Hopefully it was, at least, what they would expect from our team.

I would like to share a few things behind the scenes, that a lot of people don't know, and thank some others.  Most know that Keith, Myself, and our families, are flooded out ,and living in our motor homes for a while. Most did not know that we moved in at Creve Couer early on Thurs, and did not move out until late Mon. because we really had nowhere to go with all of our equipment.

A special thanks goes out to

Dutch ,for the use of this lap top, and Internet access
St. Charles Boat And Motor, for the storage of the boat.
Lewis Boats, for a place to park our homes, at this time. WITH ELECTRIC
Our River Friends, who helped with our move out of our home and shop.
               They also watch and handle problems, when I cant be there.
 


If it is not obvious yet, IT WILL BE SOON, I CAN NOT DRIVE IN TO MY HOUSE AND SHOP.

We are ready, and leaving on Fri. for another weekend of racing in Kentucky.
We will be racing in a faster class there (Ashly LOVES that)
Wish us luck, and I will get back when I can.

Little John

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Jon Boat Stolen From Lake Center Marina by Father with Young Son by Side.....

A father and son stole a Jon boat from Lake Center Marina on Wednesday. When the Water Patrol caught up with them, they both jumped in the water. Within the hour, they caught up with the son down by Eagle’s Landing Marina. He told them that his father had drowned; however, the father was caught no long after that. The son had a life jacket on and was very tired. The father was charged with tampering with a motorboat and endangering the welfare of a child

To read this full story, click here on KSDK online

 

Grafton Crest Changes Again......

Grafton was looking forward to Wednesday because the water was at 30.25 feet and that was supposed to be the crest level. However, now they have moved it to Saturday and changed it to 31 feet. Many of the businesses are temporarily closed and they are getting their sandbags ready. Some of the businesses that are still open are also preparing themselves with sandbags. Places that have water in it, cannot serve food. Some people have been without power temporarily. Even with all of the inconveniences, the telegraph.com says that the residents still love their river town and would not want to live anywhere else.

To read this full story, click here

River Facts....

 

 

1 inch of water on one acre of land = 27,143 gallons

  Click here to go to greatriver.com for more info

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

What FEMA Looks For In A Levee Inspection.......

Many of the people who work for FEMA are normally in the office working with clean water permits. However, when it is flooding, the team is walking up and down the rivers, inspecting the levees. They look for soft, spongy spots, sand boils, discolored patches of grass or a slick line down the grass. Finding these spots before they get out of hand, is very crucial. They try to repair these spots – even if they are very small – so they don’t turn into a big leak. These leaks can cause the levees to break. When this happens, it can create major flooding. Sometimes when a levee breaks, it can cause more problems than if there wasn’t a levee there at all. These levee inspections are very important and so crucial during high waters. The work can be boring and very tedious; however, the smallest hole or leak can cause people to lose their homes or their lives.

Click here To read more about these levee inspections and see this full story in STLtoday.com

22 More Missouri Counties Are Considered A Disaster Area......

Since northern Illinois has received eight inches of rain since Tuesday evening, that has put extra water in four rivers that contribute to the Mississippi River. Many places are under a levee watch due to the levees being so saturated. According to WTKR Channel 3 News stated that President Busch added 22 more Missouri counties to the federal disaster declaration list.

To read more about this story, click here

Shelters, Volunteers, Sandbagging and Other Flooding Information.....

In an article in KSDK online, they have listed information for people during the flood. They have listed shelters for people or pets that need a place to stay. They have asked for volunteers for sandbaggers in certain areas. They have also listed ways for people to donate money to help these people.

To read this article and find out more information about it, click here

 

 

 

 

Thursday

26 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

  

 

   

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ...... 

 

Bill,

   Here is a pic of better days on the river. This was taken at Two Rivers Marina on Memorial Day weekend. As part of our tribute to our soilders we had a flag raising ceremony. The fellows performing the flag raising are, Steve Fuller(Army), Mike Driscoll(Navy), and Earl Ray(Airforce). We also collected items to send to our soilders serving overseas and were able to send out 7 boxes of goodies.

 

Lets hope we are all back on the river real soon.

 

Ed & Nancee Shahan,

Boat Nuts Brokerage Firm
 

E-mail Commentary of the Day

 

Get on your soapbox, write a commentary,  tell us what you think !

 

 

From:           Rjbbachman
Date:           Tue, 24 Jun 2008 19:21:04 EDT
Subject:       Urgent Reqest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To:              RiverBill@prodigy.net


   Anyone That Might have Jesse Jackson`s Or Al Sharptons Or President Bush`s Email Address, They Need To be Informed That Millions Of Acre`s Of Land And crops have Been Destroyed . Thousands Of Homes, Buisness`s Displaced With No Where To Go, Or even Thinking To Start Clean-Up. Where Is Fema, And There trailers, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army. A Three State Area In Dire Need Of There Assistance. They Might Still Have There Heads Stuck In The sand In New Orleans!

 

Rjbbachman

 

 

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RiverBilll's reserves the right to only post e-mails written in good taste.

Full name is appreciated

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

Jill, Katie Kruze and Amanda

Kinder's & KSHE 95.......Wow !

 

Yester Year's River Pictures on this Day in 2006 ----   are a few from the 2006 Hawaiian Luau Party at Kinder's Restaurant with KSHE 95 radio personality Katie Kruze .  

 

Click here for more party pictures !

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from  Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell, Scott Johansson

 

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

  A "Big Muddy Thanks" goes out to the following contributors

 Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Cory Cissel, Mark Cutler, Dave & Carrie Ash, Ron Bachman, Lenny Bidwell

 

 

 

Flood Video

 

Finally edited a couple of video clips from the June 18th flyover with Lloyd of the flooding in Alton Pool. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.

Darryll Weil, webmaster


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Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)

 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Mississippi River Crest has been moved out and up  ........

  

   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers forecast, the Mississippi River is scheduled to crest at Winfield, Grafton and Alton on 06-27-08 thru 06-28-08

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic 

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE RIVER CLOSURE

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181......... Click here

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

.....
  Click here

US Army Corps of Engineers News Release...

Photo courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers    



Click here to view online .pdf News Release

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

US Army Corps of Engineers News ...

 

 

Upper Mississippi River Flooding Update


Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville, Mo., on June 18, 2008
 

Vicksburg, Miss., June 25, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to monitor levees, locks and dams within the affected areas of the upper Mississippi Valley where flood fighting efforts are continuing. In addition, major cleanup efforts have begun at Locks 16, 17, and 18 since the water level has dropped below the top of the lockwall.

Navigation
Locks 11 through 15 continue to be open to traffic. Locks 16-25 remain closed (Note: There is no Lock 23). If the current river forecast remains the same, estimated lock reopening dates:
 

by June 28:
  Lock 16 (Illinois City, Ill. – River Mile 457.2)
Lock 17 (New Boston, Ill. – River Mile 437.1)
Lock 18 (Gladstone, Ill. – River Mile 410.5)
Lock 19 (Keokuk, Iowa – River Mile 364.2)
after July 2:
  Lock 20 (Canton, Mo. – River Mile 343.2)
Lock 21 (Quincy, Ill. – River Mile 324.9)
Lock 22 (Saverton, Mo. – River Mile 301.2)
Lock 24 (Clarksville, Mo. – River Mile 272.2)
Lock 25 (Winfield, Mo. – River Mile 241.3)

[ More ]

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

News Crew at RiverBend Marina...


   The KSDK Channel 5 chopper was at RiverBend Marina yesterday morning. Here is a link to the video.

http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?aid=79358


 

Raging Rivers Closed Temporarily...


Raging Rivers have closed their doors temporarily because the roads to get to the place are closed. They have a sign up and will be closed until further notice.

 

For information, click here on KSDK online

 

Congratulations Ashly Ruf & Little John's Motorsports

Update...Little John's MotorSports

 

  
Hi Bill,

 
I try to check in as best that I can, but its not easy.
We were so very happy with all the people that came to see us at Creve Coeur Races.  We did promise to put on a good show, Hopefully it was, at least, what they would expect from our team.

I would like to share a few things behind the scenes, that a lot of people don't know, and thank some others.  Most know that Keith, Myself, and our families, are flooded out ,and living in our motor homes for a while. Most did not know that we moved in at Creve Couer early on Thurs, and did not move out until late Mon. because we really had nowhere to go with all of our equipment.

A special thanks goes out to

Dutch ,for the use of this lap top, and Internet access
St. Charles Boat And Motor, for the storage of the boat.
Lewis Boats, for a place to park our homes, at this time. WITH ELECTRIC
Our River Friends, who helped with our move out of our home and shop.
               They also watch and handle problems, when I cant be there.
 


If it is not obvious yet, IT WILL BE SOON, I CAN NOT DRIVE IN TO MY HOUSE AND SHOP.

We are ready, and leaving on Fri. for another weekend of racing in Kentucky.
We will be racing in a faster class there (Ashly LOVES that)
Wish us luck, and I will get back when I can.

Little John

Need Flood Pictures / Info

 

Riverbill -

   Love your site, we check it almost every day summer and winter. We have been "river folk" for years. We are thankful to everyone supplying the pictures and video's of the flooding. Our house is in Portage Des Sioux (safe from the floodwaters hopefully), but we have property in Winfield on the river across from Cedar Hill. We have lost one boat this year due to the earlier flooding and moved our houseboat out of harms way just in time. We are viewing any pictures or video's that may give us a glimpse and let us see what is left of our property and dock. If you know of anyone that may have pictures or if your friends at Con Trios have some better video's of the properties along the river in Winfield, I would love to get in contact with them. We almost saw it on the June 18th video by Floyd, but it was too far away to see what was left.

 

Thanks again and keep up the great site!
JimBevPearson@aol.com
 

Roads Closed Between Alton And Grafton, Illinois

The road between Alton and Graton, Illinois are closed due to the flooding. According to an article in bnd.com, they closed Hwy 100 on Wednesday and there are detour signs to get around to towns such as Elsah, Grafton and a few other places.

To read more about this road closing, click here

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Solar Powered Boats.......


    Matt B, one of the bartenders at North Shore Oasis, sent us a news link about Solar Powered Boats ..

 

  Click here and check out the news story in the Chicago Sun Times



 

RiverBill's June Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

Volunteers, Assistance and Donations For The Flood

In an article, in KSDK online, they have provided some phone numbers for people who need assistance with the flood. They have also put out areas that need assistance with sandbagging or other assistance. There is shelters for some people. There is also a way to make donations to help those in the flood.

To find these phone numbers and see ways to help out, click here

River Facts....

 

 

1 inch of water on one acre of land = 27,143 gallons

  Click here to go to greatriver.com for more information

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

 Coming Soon

River Bills Classified Search Engine ! 

Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Hannibal Is Still Under Watch......

Even though things look pretty good in Hannibal, in spite of all the rain, they are still keeping an eye on things. They are watching the levee, monitoring the rainfall and the National Guard plans on guarding the levees and walls.

To read this story in KHQA online, click here

Farming Could Be Worse Than 1993 ........

Farmers are really suffering this year due to the high waters. They lost $15-$20 billion dollars in crops back in 1993. This year could be worse because it has happened earlier in the season. Plus, it is too late in the season to re-plant the crops. Not to mention, the high cost of fertilizer, due to the high cost of fuel. This whole issue may cause food prices to go up about 9 percent even before the flood costs are assessed. Eggs have already gone up 20 percent and could go up another 10 percent before the end of the year.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

25 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

  

 

   

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ......  Are from Mark Cutler of the boat Cutty's Ark

 

 

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to send you a few pics from this weekend at Alton Marina. They have built a crushed stone ramp from their upper parking lot onto the main walkway into the marina. It is visible in a couple of the attached pics.

The pool was nice this weekend, and they have two new hot tubs this year.

We're looking forward to the block party this coming weekend!

Mark Cutler
Cutty's Ark

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 ----   was from Cameron Imming

 

River Surfing

 

Hi Bill, 
  I haven't submitted a picture in awhile so I thought your visitors might like to see an action shot of "river surfing." This is Dustin catching the closest thing he has to his childhood ocean waves. If you want to see a video of him in action, check out the Movies pages at www.NauticalThugz.com . It's a large video (for now) so give it a bit to load. 

Thanks Bill! 
Cameron 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy, Randy Johnston

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Pictures from Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman, Tom & Lou Lenkman, Gary Lucy

 

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

 

Flood Video

 

Finally edited a couple of video clips from the June 18th flyover with Lloyd of the flooding in Alton Pool. Go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website (www.contriosyachtclub.org) and then click on the "Photo Galleries" link.

Darryll Weil, webmaster


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Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)

 


 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

Mississippi River is Cresting  ........

  

   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers forecast, the Mississippi River is scheduled to crest at Winfield, Grafton and Alton today !

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

        

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THE RIVER CLOSURE

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181......... Click here


Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

.....
  Click here

Illinois Governor Is Requesting More Funds For Flooding From The President   ........

  

  According to an article on KHQA online, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has made a request to President Busch to raise the share of disaster assistance for the state of Illinois. Usually the government will pay about 75 percent of the funds needed for a disaster area. Blagojevich has requested 90 percent from the government. He feels that the extra funds will take the burden off of the communities who are already in need of help. Right now there are 24 counties in the state of Illinois that are considered a disaster area. This similar request was similar to the one requested during the 1993 flood.

 

To read this full article, click here

Congratulations Ashly Ruf & Little John's Motorsports

Video of Little John's MotorSports & Ashly Ruf's Win at Creve Coeur Lake........

  
Folks here is the Final Video for the Weekend at Creve Coeur Lake with Ashly Ruf!

Click here

 

Sincerely, Roland

Roland & Linda Hauhe
Sales & Marketing Associates
Prudential Patterson, REALTORS®
www.RolandOne.com

Another Levee Breaks…

According to STLtoday.com another levee broke on Tuesday. This levee is in St. Charles County and is there to protect the Elm Point area. A mobile home park there is threatened but was already evacuated because of the rising waters. On Monday, volunteers were asked to come to Winfield and fill 50,000 sandbags at the Pin Oak levee. If that levee happens to breach, it could flood about 100 homes and several businesses in east Winfield. It would also leave 3,000 acres of farmland swamped. It took people about six hours on Monday to fix a hole that a muskrat had left for them. Hannibal is doing their best to keep the river out of their town. Canton, Iowa crested on Sunday, just a few inches short of the 1993 flood. The rivers are starting to crest; however, with all of the levees breaking, it will take longer for the rivers to get back into their banks.

To read this full story, click here

News From Afar....

   Several Catfish Saved After Being Trapped During The Flood

There were about 100 large flathead catfish saved just south of Des Moines in Lake Saylorville. They became trapped there during the flood and were losing oxygen. They would have died pretty quickly if they hadn’t been rescued. The U.S. Corps of Engineers have found thousands of fish stranded in a small pond in Iowa. According to KHQA online, they have rescued one thousand other fish trapped in a pool.

 

To read this full rescue story, click here

 

River History....

 

1903 in River History


In 1903 The Mississippi River flooded East St. Louis. AT that time the East Side Levee and Sanitary District was formed to provide flood protection through an extensive levee system.

 

  Click here for more info

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Tell Your Flooding Story ....

There have been many floods throughout the past several years. Some people have had to evacuate, some have volunteered to help others and other people have been spectators. No matter what your story may be about the flood, KHQA online wants to hear about your flooding story.

For information about this and where to send it, click here

Farming Could Be Worse Than 1993 ........

Farmers are really suffering this year due to the high waters. They lost $15-$20 billion dollars in crops back in 1993. This year could be worse because it has happened earlier in the season. Plus, it is too late in the season to re-plant the crops. Not to mention, the high cost of fertilizer, due to the high cost of fuel. This whole issue may cause food prices to go up about 9 percent even before the flood costs are assessed. Eggs have already gone up 20 percent and could go up another 10 percent before the end of the year.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

24 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

Click on pic to enlarge

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ......  are from Christine and Brett of the cruiser...Blonde Moment

 

Hey Bill,

Hope all is well! Since we're unable to boat in the Alton Pool, we headed down to KY Lake and Lake Barkley this weekend with my parents (own Latitudes out of DCYC). The water was clean and the weather was great! We had a blast, although cruising through their version of Party Cove in a rental ski boat was a little rough on our egos! I've attached a couple of pics to share.

Take care,
Christine and Brett
Blonde Moment
 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 ----   were sent in by Kurt Jaeger, of the boat "Patricia Ann".  A beautiful sunset and a sky of red and yellow reflecting on the water....Wow !

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from Tom & Lou LenKman, Greg Moore

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Pictures from Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman

 

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

 

Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)
 


 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

        

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

NEWS
RELEASE

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Navigation Notice.....

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0239-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0239-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THIS RIVER CLOSURE



Click here to go to Nav Notice 1181
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO

.....
  Click here

Mississippi River is Cresting  ........

  

   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers forecast, the Mississippi River is scheduled to crest at Winfield Lock and Dam today !

Press Release-Boat Rescue Training........

   RiverBill's received the following Press Release from Officer Lou Amighetti, Public Information Officer of the Missouri State Water Patrol

 

 

 

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Ehed: MU Extension Boat Rescue Operations Course in St. Charles, Mo

Sarah Damian
Assistant Producer
Cooperative Media Group
University of Missouri
573-882-5361

 


June 23, 2008

Source: Kevin Zumwalt, 573-882-0892 (office); 573-864-3467 (cell)

Media Advisory
Recent Flooding Attracts a Record Number of Emergency Responders for MU Extension Boat Rescue Operations Course


WHAT: University of Missouri Extension's Fire and Rescue Training will be conducting a Boat Rescue Operations Course. This four-day course is designed to meet the technician certification level of the International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA). Students will participate in the Boat Rescue Operations course and must complete a special night drill.

WHO: A record number of firefighters from the St. Louis area, Missouri State Water Patrol and other firefighters from around the state have signed up for the course.

WHEN and WHERE: June 23-26, 2008. The boat rescue training will take place on the Missouri River, from the Blanchette Landing boat ramp in St. Charles, Mo. The best photo and video opportunities are June 24 and 25. The fourth day of class includes the written and practical testing competencies necessary to validate operators of boats as technicians.

Details about the training can be found on the institute's Web site: www.mufrti.org

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Heartland Boating Magazine........ 

 

 

Make sure to pick up this month's edition of Heartland Boating !

 

There are good 3 articles about the St. Louis area.  One by our very own Sherri Stanczak about Portage Des Sioux, the statue and the Blessing of the Fleet.  Good job Sherri !

 

One about Harbor Point Yacht Club and another about a poker run onn the Kaskaskia River.

Con Trios Website Update........ 

 

 

From:      "Darryll Weil"
Subject:   Con Trios website update
Date:       Mon, 23 Jun 2008 07:19:34 -0500


Posted on the Con Trios Yacht Club website   

           (www.contriosyachtclub.org)

    Congratulations to Past Commodore John Bicknese and his Little Johns Motorsports Drag Boat Race Team on their 1st Place finish at the Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races on June 21st & 22nd, 2008. Con Trios member Keith Ruf's daughter Ashley piloted the boat Kwitchabitchin to a fastest qualifier finish on Saturday and then a 1st Place finish in eliminations on Sunday in their class. Several of the Con Trios Yacht Club members were on hand to cheer them on and Con Trios Yacht Club even got a mention as sponsor when she ran! Click on the link below to see the photos and video of the races.

http://www.littlejohnsinc.com/2008crevecoeurmarybeth/default.htm

Darryll Weil, webmaster

Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General Scheduled to Visit Clarksville, MO........

     According to a US Army Corps of Engineers news release....Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was scheduled to visit Clarksville, Mo., Monday, 23 June, to survey flood fight efforts, tour the City Front, meet with Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley and Flood Fight team members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Town Of Grafton Is Hurting

The WQAD News did a small article about Grafton, Illinois. They even spoke with Joe DeSherlia, the owner of Grafton Harbor. He is usually open this time of the year but is closed due to the water coming over the main roads in Grafton. It is such a shame that this is happening this time of the year. As he said, many of the businesses by the river depends on the business during the summer months to help them make it through the winter months. The water is supposed to crest at 29.5 feet, which is nine feet less than the 1993 flood.

To read this article, click here

 

Missouri Drownings Are At A High

There have been 21 drownings already this spring. This is half as many that occurred all last year. The bad thing is that the summer season has just begun. Many of the people probably drowned due to the high waters and strong currents. According to the Missouri Water Patrol two of the drownings happened within two weeks of the heavy rains back on March 17th.

To read this full article on KHQA online, Click here

 

Flooding Can Also Cause Health Risks......

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, there were 233 different illnesses from the 1993 flood. Standing water and flooding can cause bacteria and mold to be in the air. It causes problems for people with allergies, asthma or breathing problems. It can cause headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose and other problems. Flooding also causes mosquitoes to breed more heavily. This can increase the West Nile Disease. Another thing to be careful of is ticks. They can carry the Lime Disease. They are also more populated when it is flooding. To find more information about these health risks during flooding, go to emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods

To read this full story, click here

 

Winfield-Foley Fire Department Is Asking For Help

With the flooding, sandbagging and the extra supplies that are needed during this time, the Winfield-Foley Fire Department is asking people for help. They are asking for donations and supplies. If you are interested in helping them, contact Winfield-Foley Fire Protection District at P.O. Box 118, Winfield, Missouri 63389. You can also bring them by their place at 2663 East Hwy 47.

To read this full story in the Alton Daily News, click here
 

Residents Holding Out Til The End .......

Robert and Mary Villeret, ages 76 and 72, are four of the last residents in the North Shore subdivision off of Hwy V. Their subdivision once had 17 residences until the buyout after the 1993 flood. Now it only has four. They are the last of the original people who lived there. They call themselves the ‘hold-outs.’ Robert and Mary’s double-wide modular home is elevated 11 feet. For the water to reach their living quarters, the levels would have to be higher than the 1993 flood. Even though their home does not have water in it, they need a boat to get to their place. It is quite an inconvenience right now. They feel like there are more good things than bad things about living where they do. Everything is paid for and it would be hard for them to start over now. Their neighbors, the Lehman’s grew up in Portage des Sioux and lived through the 1993 flood. They hadn’t had any water in their present three-story house until now. Both families remembers that big flood and this one has brought back a lot of memories. Actually they reflected on the good things. The way people stuck together, ate together and watched out for each other. If one family was going into town, they would ask everyone if they needed anything. It was like having one big happy family. Both families said that they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. They love the river – no matter how high or low it is.

To read this full warm-hearted story in the St. Charles Journal, click here


 

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

RiverBill's June Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

River History....

 

July 24, 1993 in River History


Flood of 1993…..The Mississippi River at Quincy crested at a record 32 feet
  

 

  Click here for more info

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

Boat Exploded In Piedmont, Missouri .......

A 21-foot run-about boat exploded in Clearwater Lake on Saturday. All of the passengers jumped into the water after it exploded and another boat passing by picked them up. One of the passengers was a 32 year old woman from Valley Park. She had to be airlifted out of the area. As of Monday morning, her condition was still unknown. The owner of the boat is a 42 year old man from Ballwin. He says that he pumped the water out of the boat’s bilge pump before they took the boat out on the water.

To read this full article in STLtoday.com, click here

 

St. Charles Flooding is World Wide news !

 

  We received the following e-mail from Greg Lewis of Lewis Boats.

 

BILL,

  THIS IS FROM MY MOTHER IN LAW WHO IS DUTCH.  SHE GETS THE DUTCH NEWS PAPER VIA THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND SAINT CHARLES WAS IN THE PAPER WAY ACROSS THE POND.

 

GREG LEWIS

Click here to see picture from St. Charles Journal that Greg's mother-in-law sent him out of a Dutch newspaper.
 

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Create your own online ad at RiverBill's Classified Search Engine with online payment processing, and ad editing, and up to 16 photos per ad.

 

Keep Your Anchor Right Where It Is For More Info......

SAVE THE DELTA QUEEN

For more info go to www.save-the-delta-queen.org 

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Delta Queen’s farewell tour schedule

   August 12, 2008 5 p.m. St. Louis, Missouri
  August 13, 2008 Noon Alton, Illinois

 

Relief Is On The Way .......

St. Louis has definitely seen its share of rain this year and most people are tired of it. A lot of people have been evacuated from their homes, several have been injured, some have died and many have been busy stacking sandbags, moving things from their home or helping others with the rising waters. Even though we have some rain in our forecast, the National Weather Service seems to think that this won’t make the waters rise any more. Up north, in Hannibal, Winfield and Elsberry, the waters are already cresting. Areas like Grafton, Alton and St. Charles, cresting will not happen until Wednesday. The crest levels are not topping out as high as they once expected, but it is staying at a high level for a long period of time. This probably happened due to a couple of levees that breached. This means it will take longer for the water to go down to normal.

To read this full article in the STLtoday.com, click here


 

Volunteers Needed In Lincoln County ......

According to an article in KSDK, officials had asked for more volunteers in Lincoln County. There have already been five levees that have broke during this flood. After volunteers gathered last week to sandbag the area, an animal broke through one of them. They asked people to gather at Winfield high school at noon on Monday to sandbag the area again and make it more secure.

To read this full story, click here

 

Western Regional Summer Barefoot Tournaments........

Montana State Barefoot Tournament

Come and ski the Montana State Barefoot tournament which is going to be held on June 28-29, 2008 on No Wake Lake. This is a private site in Helena, Montana which offer barefooters a chance to ski in ideal conditions and an opportunity meet the current World Champion Keith St Onge.

Call
Brian or Linda for more info...... 406-443-7996
 

The Humane Society Rescues Animals During The Flood

The Humane Society was prepared when the waters started rising. After losing several animals in the 1993 flood because the waters came up so quickly, the Humane Society started rescuing animals when the floods were first forecasted. During Hurricane Katrina, there were a lot of animals left behind and many of them died. Since then the Humane Society has been prepared to save, rescue and protect animals so they are not left behind. Many people are busy with their homes, belongings and their family and the animals sometimes get left behind.

To read this full article and see all what they are doing for animals, click here on STLtoday.com

 

News From Afar…..

   The Alaskan Coast Has Become A Dumping Area

There are 44,000 miles of coastline on the Alaska shores. In 2007, there was 175,000 tons of trash removed from these shores. Most of it is fishing debris such as nets, lines, gear, etc.; however, there are also a lot of plastic bottles and other trash. Many of the bottles are from Japan, Korea, China and Russia. The clean ups in this area are getting very expensive. Last year, it cost $415,000.00 to clean up the trash in there. The question is, ‘who should pay for it?’ Not only is this trash a problem for our environment, but it is also hurting the population of the seals. The seals’ population is decreasing about 5-10 percent per year. The seals get tangled up in the nets and die. This year they expect that there will be even more trash to clean up. Their plan is to send the plastic to Washington and compact it to be recycled. It will then be sent to Asia to be reused to make new plastic items.

To read more about this dumping area and their plans to clean it up on STLtoday.com, click here

 

 

 

 

Monday

23 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

1st Place

Ashley Ruf

Little John's Motor Sports

 

From RiverBill's Message Board

 

Name:    rvrrunner (rvr@bum.com)
Date:      Sun 22 Jun 2008 11:32:16 PM EDT
Subject:  Boat Races


Congratulations to Ashley Ruf the entire Little John's MotorSports Racing Team for their First Place Finish this weekend at the Creve Coeur boat races.

 

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The River Picture and e-mail of Day ......  

Updated Little Johns website (www.littlejohnsinc.com) with some photos and video taken by Mary Beth of the Creve Coeur Drag Boat races Saturday, June 21st, 2008. Go to:
http://www.littlejohnsinc.com/2008crevecoeurmarybeth/default.htm
and then click on the link to see the video. Several of the Con Trios members were there and even got mentioned as a sponsor on Little Johns boat, Kwitchabitchin! Ashley was number 1 qualifier in her class at the end of the day.

Darryll Weil, webmaster

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail on this Day in 2007 ----  was from John Soetaert, who boats on the Kaskaskia River in Illinois 

 

The Chocolate River

 

John wrote::

 

Hi Bill, 

  Love your site and visit it every day. We enjoy pool 26 but also boat on the Kaskaskia at New Athens or Evansville, IL. (Close to home) Here are a few pics of my boys having fun on what they call the "chocolate river", they love it.

Thank You,
John Soetaert, CGCS
Annbriar Golf Course

 

 

Note: these pictures were actually from the 22 June 2007

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 The Ferry Report…

 

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the
CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

More pics from Greg Moore

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Pictures from Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel, Damian Sigman

 

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

 

Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)
 


 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

 

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

        

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release  dated 6-16-08......

 

NEWS
RELEASE

 

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7

.........Click here to read entire news release
 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Navigation Notice.....

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/23/08
Subject: Updated River CLosure
NAVNOTICE # 1181

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0239-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0239-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IOWA, ILLINOIS, AND MISSOURI STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE THIS RIVER CLOSURE



Click here to go to Nav Notice 1181
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:     ALL MARINERS
From:   Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date: 6/22/08
Subject: High Water Advisory/RIVER CLOSURES
NAVNOTICE # 1179....click here to read entire Navigation Notice

 

 

Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
.....
  Click here

St. Charles County Journal........

  

  Special Feature...Flood 2008....with picture gallery....  Click here

 

Mississippi River Cresting in Some Areas Up-river ........

  

   According to the US Army Corps of Engineers forecast, the Mississippi River is scheduled to crest at Hannibal, Louisiana and Lock and Dam 24 today !

 

  Click here for a news story on FOX2 about the up-river crests.

  Click here for a news story from journalgazette.net

 

Some Grafton Residents Temporarily Evacuated ........

  

  According to a news article in TheTelegraph.com...some residents of Grafton were evacuated form their homes on Saturday night when a creek rose over the flood evacuation route.  They were allowed back in on Sunday.

 

  Click here to read the news story.

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

  

    COLLISION / OBJECTS......    GASCONADE RIVER

  

  The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued the following News Release

 

The information contained in this news release is preliminary information only taken at the time of the incident. It does not include information from any followup investigation.
 
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080076
Incident Type : Incident Date :
COLLISION/OBJECTS
06/21/2008
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
GASCONADE RIVER
4
5:00:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
NEAR HWY 7 RICHLAND, MO PULASKI
Summary :
Subjects were going upstream when the boot on the jet engine caught on a telephone line that was just under the surface of the water. The boat was jerked backward enough to throw all the subjects into the front of the boat. Mother and daughter received minor injuries that were treated by ambulance personnel.

Boat(s) Involved Listing:

Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
16 FT JON BOAT NONE
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

MARK JENSEN WAYNESVILLE, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
JENSEN, MARK 3/6/1981 WAYNESVILLE, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
JENSEN, DARCEE 10/18/2005 WAYNESVILLE, MO
Passenger Date of Birth : City/State :
JENSEN, RIKKI 7/17/1980 WAYNESVILLE, MO

Injuries:

Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
JENSEN, DARCEE 10/18/2005 WAYNESVILLE, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Minor  
Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
JENSEN, RIKKI 7/17/1980 WAYNESVILLE, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Minor  

 

The above information reprinted from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to go to the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Last Night's Winfield Sunset ............. 

 

 

   From the Winfield RiverCam on Sunday evening........Looks sort of peaceful

 

Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Research and Development Center website

 

River rising again ??

 

   According to a news article in topix, dated June 21, 2008 , the Mississippi River is rising again in some areas.    The river reached 26.3 ft on Sat morning at Canton, after dropping to 22.6 just feet two days earlier

 

  Click here to read the news article.

100 Barges Stranded by Flooding........

    Report from Winfield, Mo

 

According to a news article in the Mad mariner on-line magazine, flooding has brought barge traffic on the upper Mississippi to a halt.  According to the article the flooding has stranded more than 100 barges .

  Cost ......tens of thousands of dollars a day !

 

  Click here to read the news article.

Boost Your Mobile Signal............

 

The Mad mariner on-line magazine has a story on boosting your phone's mobile signal while in your boat.

 

  Click here to read the news article.

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

River History....

 

July 24, 1993 in River History


Flood of 1993…..The Mississippi River at Quincy crested at a record 32 feet
  

 

  Click here for more info

RiverBill's Upcoming Events ..... 

    There's a boatload of "River-Things-To-Do" listed on RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.....  Click here and check-em out !

New Levee Commission, Metro East............

 

  According to a news article in the AltonDailyNews.com, 3 men make up the new metro east levee commission.   Attorney and banker Tom Long, attorney Ron Motil and Jim Pennekamp who is a special assistant to the chancellor at SIUE. 

   The commission is responsible to oversee the distribution of the repair revenue to the levee districts in Illinois counties of ....Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.   The revenue is generated by a special taxing from a quarter-cent sales tax on some purchases in the three counties.

 

Click here to read the entire news article.

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Report

 

Sat, Sun..21, 22 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 Updated  at 8:00 PM....More Flood pics,  3 New classifieds...Army Corps news Release, News, More Flood Pics, Pic of the day, River news, Updated river level charts, yesteryears pic of day,

Updated 2:35PM ...added more flood pics, US Army Corps press release,  Kinder's is closed but still dry

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

Sunday

 

 

 

 

The River Picture of Day ......  was sent in by Connie Pickering of S/V Sandpiper.  Connie titled the picture:

 

"The Lady"


 

Picture of the Day

Saturday

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ......  

 

 

Hey Bill!

   How about a picture of something besides flooding? Attached you’ll find a picture of my all original 1973 16’ Tahiti that we call Tahiti Moonshine. It’s powered by a 1973 Chrysler 130 HP outboard. The picture was taken last summer (when the river was just a few feet lower) on the sandbar just north of Portage Island , right in front of Hideaway Harbor . In the picture is a friend of mine who just happened to walk into the picture. I later noticed that her swimming suit matched my boat. Hopefully we can get back out on the river soon!

Zach

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail of the Day in 2005 ----Sunday-- was a shot of a  helicopter  flying in past Iowa Beach at tree top level one evening in 2005.

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail of the Day in 2007 ----Saturday--- was from Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride

 

Knee Boarding In Snake Chute

 

Robert wrote::

 

My son took this one of my daughter last Saturday back in Snake Chute. It was her first time on a knee board. After about 2 hours of boarding, she sure was sore on Sunday.

 

Robert Cope

Slow Ride

 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

  

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

                                    

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

Graftons Landing..........Closed

Kinders Restaurant.......Closed (water shouldn't get into the bar & restaurant)

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Updated at 5:00Pm...Added some pics from Barry Minsell

Updated SUN at 11:25AM..Just added some aerial pictures sent in by Scott Johansson

Updated SUN at 8:30 AM ...Just added 40 some pictures of the flood water in Grafton from Tom Yates.....

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Pictures from Greg Moore, Mike Halley, Randy Johnston, Darryll Weil, Harry Ragland, Tauni Shuck, Valerie Aulabaugh, Erika Zimmerman, Anna, Mitchel, Jim & Ter, Aristotal Jones, Julie Mibbs, Steve Francis and Friends, Jeri Levesgue, Kelsie Brown, Mr Cocktail, Carl Seidler, Scott Nailor, Jerry Boyle, Connie Pickering, Tom Yates, Scott Johansson, Barry Munsel

 

Click on the Slide Show

Click on the "i" icon in the picture to turn on text info.

 

 

Updated SUN at 7:30 AM .

Flood Pictures From Richard Dorn 

 

Hi Bill,
Here are some more flood pictures if you care to add them to the collection. The river level at Winfield was at 35.61 feet when they were taken on Friday, June 20th. Most are of the STL Yacht Club. Hope to get out on the river soon and see everybody.
Rick (LUNATIC) and Sharrie (REDDY FREDDY)
 


 Click here and check them out.....

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Two Rivers Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

We walked across the bridge yesterday to take a few pics. No water in the Lighthouse Inn, and only about 3' in the marina office.

Lloyd and Mary

Two Rivers Marina


 Click here and check them out.....

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RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

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Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Updated Sun at 10:50 AM

Flood Information........

 

St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline............... 636-949-3025

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Fight Page............  Click here

US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Event Status Map....Click here

The Missouri Department of Transportation road closures ...Click here

Updated Sun at 12:30 AM

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release 35-08......

 

  Click here to read entire News Release.......

Updated Sun at 10:30 AM

Floodwaters top levee along Highway C as the Mississippi spreads

        Click here  to read the news story in the St. Charles County Journal

 

   Flood Briefs.........

        Click here to read the news article in the St. Charles County Journal

 

Updated Sun at 6:50 AM

From RiverBill's Message Board........

 

Name:      rvrvrunner (rvr@bum.com)
Date:        Sun 22 Jun 2008 07:30:07 AM EDT
Subject:  Creve Coeur Racing


Come on out and enjoy a day at the beach. Ashley Ruf with Little Johns Motor Sports is number 1 qualifier in her class. Come out and cheer her on !

 

From this day in 2007 ...HAH !

You Might Be A River Boater If............  

  • Your wife says "you love this boat more than me". 

  • Your first wife said the same thing. 

  • Your second wife said the same thing. 

  • Your third wife said the same thing...........

Lloyd Bollinger

Sunkist III

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

 

Added a "You Might Be A River Boater If" page to RiverBill's. 

 Click here and check it out ...or ...click on the link in the upper left hand column.

Updated Sun at 5:55AM

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Gravity drain malfunctions in
Prairie du Rocher Levee District

St. Louis, June 21 – A gravity drain gate has apparently partly given way in the Prairie du Rocher Drainage and Levee District in Randolph County, Ill.  The gate is in a 6-foot diameter drain pipe structure that normally allows rain water to flow from the inland side of the levee.  The gate in the drain was closed to keep high water from flowing from the Mississippi River at the time.

Prairie du Rocher District employees have already taken first steps to close the drain until the river goes down enough to permit permanent repair.  They placed two 4 by 10-foot concrete bridge pavement sections side-by-side on the inside end of the drain.  While water under pressure from the river is continuing to spray out of the closed pipe, additional steps are being taken.  Corps of Engineers geotechnical and flood fighting experts are on scene with Levee District.

[ More ]

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Updated Sun at 5:45AM

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

   Fire / Explosion  

   St. Louis Resident per Officer Lou Amighetti

 

   The Missouri State Water Patrol has issued the following News Release

 

The information contained in this news release is preliminary information only taken at the time of the incident. It does not include information from any followup investigation.
 
NEWS RELEASE ID : N07080074
 
Incident Type : Incident Date :
FIRE/EXPLOSION
06/21/2008
Waterway : District : Incident Time :
CLEARWATER
4
3:05:00 PM
Location : Town : County :
BLUFFVIEW MARINA PIEDMONT, MO REYNOLDS
Summary :
Mr Tullman had pumped water out of the bilge prior to taking the boat out. While he was operating the boat the engine began to sputter and then suddenly exploded. All occupants jumped into the water and were picked up by nearby boaters. MSWP officer escorted the boat to the dock and assisted until EMS could transport to a landing zone, where injured party was airlifted.

Boat(s) Involved Listing:

Boat Number : 1
Boat Type : Damage Estimate :
21 FT RUNABOUT TOTALLED
Boat Owner : Owner City/State :

TULLMANN, DANIEL BALLWIN, MO
Operator Date of Birth : City/State :
TULLMAN, DANIEL 8/17/1965 BALLWIN, MO
Victim Date of Birth : City/State :
WALLIS, JENNIFER 11/8/1975 VALLEY PARK, MO

Injuries:

Injured Name : Date of Birth : City/State :
WALLIS, JENNIFER 11/8/1975 VALLEY PARK, MO
Injury Type : Taken to :
Moderate AIRLIFTED UNKNOWN LOCATION

 

The above information reprinted from the Missouri Water Patrol website

Click here to go to the Missouri State Water Patrol website

 

Just For You Budweiser Drinkin River Rats ............. 

 

  Doug Edelman sent us a picture of a hat you might want .....to voice your opposition to the InBev Buyout of A-B..... www.cafepress.com/usabud

 

RiverBill says......Thanks for the picture Doug

 

Updated at 12:55 PM

US Army Corps Of Engineers Press Release 35-08......



Click here to read entire Press Release  (pdf file)

Creve Coeur Drag Boat races this weekend..........

 

From:         Darryll Weil"
Subject:     Con Trios website update
Date:          Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:38:55 -0500
Got the following email / suggestion from Past Commodore Bill Mixon and posted it on the Con Trios website.

"For your information – with the water too high to boat – you can attend the Creve Coeur Drag Boat races this weekend.
Little John will there with Ashley and Linda and I are the primary food purveyors.

Should be a great weekend for racing and getting together.

Bill Mixon"



 

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

    (From the 6-17-08 Edition of RiverBill's)

    

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release ......

 

NEWS
RELEASE

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

For further information contact:

Officer Lou Amighetti

 Public Information Officer
Phone: (573)-751-3333
Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail: Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov
Number of Pages: 1
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Eastern Missouri

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7. The Mississippi River is still open for limited commercial traffic. The closure was put in effect 6/15 and will remain until further notice. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation.

Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol are on standby in Canton and Hannibal where active sandbagging and flood counter measures are in place. Officers will remain in areas of concern until the threat of significant flooding is gone. River levels are expected to crest in Northern Missouri this week. Use extreme caution around flooded areas and be prepared.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sat at 9:30 AM

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
634 AM CDT SAT JUN 21 2008.....
  Click here

 

Fishing Report  ------

    The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

72 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow.

(Report made on 6/19/2008)
 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

72 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish  good on live baits, worms, sunfish and goldfish;  carp fair on worms; all  other species slow.

 (Report made on 6/19/2008)
 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Mississippi River.....

ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:           ALL MARINERS
From:       Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:       6/17/08
Subject:   REC TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS


NAVNOTICE # 1172

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0234-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0227-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0234-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE, MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE. THIS TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

 

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1172..
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Sundowners.......


   
Sundowners is closed due to high flood water. However, we would like to extend a special invitation to all Riverbill readers to visit us at our other restaurant, Travenas. Please visit www.sundownersstl.com for a 10% off coupon good at Travenas. Stop in and have a cold beer or a delicious dinner. Bring yourself or a group . Live music every Thursday and Friday evening, not to mention Thursday is Ladies Nite offering 2 for 1 martinis for ladies.

Thank you,
Jon & Kelley Klipp

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

   St. Louis Area Levee Maps

Where is that levee that was breached ?   Click on the maps below and take–a-look !

Illinois Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/ILLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

Missouri Levee Maps

http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/pa/MoLeveeSummit-maps.html

 

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Creve Coeur Park Drag Boat Classic

    Saturday & Sunday....., June 21 & 22

This Weekend !

 


From:       "Vince Williams"
To:             RiverBill@prodigy.net
Subject:   CREVE COEUR DRAG BOAT CLASSIC
Date:        Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:44:17 -0500


THIS YEAR THEY ARE RACING PERSONAL WATERCRAFT 2 BRACKETS .
18 AND UNDER
18 AND OVER
ITS ET (EXTENDED TIME) WHICH MEANS THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT GETS A HEAD START. THEY RUN EVERYONE TO SEE HOW FAST THEY ARE FIRST AND GIVE THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT A HEAD START.
MUST HAVE A HELMET AND 100 MILE LIFE JACKET AND NEOPRENE SHORTS. HELMETS AND LIFE JACKET MAY BE SUPPLIED.
ITS A TOTAL OF $75 TO RACE $ 50 GOES TO JOIN  ORIGINATION .

$ 25 TO RACE
REGISTRATION TO RACE IS FRI. 1-5 PM, SAT. 730 AM -NOON. QUALIFYING IS SAT. 9 AM. DRIVERS MEETING SUN. 11 AM TROPHIES WILL BE GIVEN FOR TOP SPOT
SOME OF THE FASTEST PWC IN THE WORLD WILL BE THEIR FOR SOME GRUDGE RACING.
( 90+MPH IN ONLY 1/8 MILE)
LETS ALL GET OUR OLD AND NEW PWC'S OUT AND RACE SINCE EVERY PWC HAS THE SAME SHOT AT A TROPHY
SOME OF THESE REG. BOATS RUN 200+ MPH IN THE 1/4 MILE

 

WITH NO PLACE TO BOAT THIS COULD BE A BIG EVENT

RiverBill's June Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

River History....

 

The Illinois River......... 1905 - 1915 Fish Harvest

       
  "From 1905 to 1915, more freshwater fish were harvested from the Illinois than from any other river in the United States except for the Columbia River. The river was once a major source of mussels for the shell button industry. Overfishing, habitat loss due to heavy siltation and pollution have eliminated most commercial fishing except for a small mussel harvest to provide shells to seed pearl oysters overseas." 

  

  Click here for more info about the Illinois River in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

Friday..20 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

Alton Marina

#1 Henry St, Alton, IL  .....(618) 462 - 9860

The Finest Marina On The Mississippi

 

~ Floating Dock and Structures

~ Private Luxury Bathrooms

~ Sanitary Pump-out

~ Full Service Fueling Service

~ Controlled Parking Lots

~ 24 hour security

~ Satellite TV connection available

~ Wi-Fi Internet Available

~ Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

~ Sundeck with lounge chairs

~ Convenience Store and Deli

~ Laundromat

~ Convenient highway access

~ Elect & water include in rates

Click here to go to Alton Marina website

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Picture and e-mail of Day ......  are from Val Aulabaugh who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat......"Last Call"

 

Bill,

   Just a few pictures I found interesting today--Elsah, the intersection of Route 3 and Route 100 in Grafton, the Loading Dock, a barge at the level of the river road and a boater that I am assuming was moving to Alton Marina. Hope everyone stays safe during this high water.

 

Pray for the river to recede soon.
Valerie Aulabaugh

 

 

RIverBill says....The rest of Val's pictures are in RiverBill's 2008 Flood pictures...click the link below

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RiverBill's 2008 River Flood page

....Send us your pics for posting !

Click here

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail of the Day in 2007 ------- was from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser "After You".

Look At That .......  sunse!

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail:

 

Last weekend was just a chill out one anchored in the cut behind Two Branch island on the Mississippi. Took a few pics but mostly did a whole lot of nothing! It was great. Check out the pics at:

http://captainweil.com/Mississippi20070616/

Or go to my website at www.captainweil.com and click on the "Newest Stuff" or "Boating" links.

Enjoy, Darryll

 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

  

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

                                    

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

LongShot Saloon..........Closed

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Longshot Saloon...............

 

  RiverBill's got a phone call form Mark White of Longshot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux.  They are closed due to the high water.

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Today we added a few more pictures.....from Capt'n Richard Moore,

 

Many more to come

RiverBend Marina 2008 Flood Pictures 

The Big One !

 

  Click here and check them out.....

 

Con Trios Yacht Club 2008 Flood Pictures 

 

Bill,

 

Monday afternoon prior to the Con Trios Yacht Club board meeting fellow board member Lloyd took me up in a Cessna 172 to get some photos and video of the flooding around our marinas. I have posted quite a few of the pictures on the Con Trios website (www.contriosyachtclub.org). Click on the "Photo Galleries" link to get to the pics. Word of warning for those with dial up, the page with pics by location is pretty big, might want to have a cold drink while you wait for it to load! If you want to save any of the pictures right mouse click on the thumbnail of it and select "Save Target As", this will eliminate you having the Prev / Next / Close overlay on the picture. I have the original full size photos on my computer, they are about 4 meg each. Email if you need any for a specific purpose. I will try to edit the hour of video and post some clips of it later.
Many, many thanks to Lloyd for this terrific opportunity! Great flight, great landing!
 

Darryll Weil

webmaster Con Trios Yacht Club

 

  2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool by location

2008 Flooding in the Alton Pool of the Mississippi

 

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

    (From the 6-17-08 Edition of RiverBill's)

    

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release ......

 

NEWS
RELEASE

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

For further information contact:

Officer Lou Amighetti

 Public Information Officer
Phone: (573)-751-3333
Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail: Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov
Number of Pages: 1
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Eastern Missouri

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7. The Mississippi River is still open for limited commercial traffic. The closure was put in effect 6/15 and will remain until further notice. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation.

Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol are on standby in Canton and Hannibal where active sandbagging and flood counter measures are in place. Officers will remain in areas of concern until the threat of significant flooding is gone. River levels are expected to crest in Northern Missouri this week. Use extreme caution around flooded areas and be prepared.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sat at 9:30 AM

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
122 PM CDT THU JUN 19  2008.....
  Click here

 

Mississippi River.....

ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:           ALL MARINERS
From:       Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:       6/17/08
Subject:   REC TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS


NAVNOTICE # 1172

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0234-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0227-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0234-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE, MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE. THIS TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

 

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1172..
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

EPA Discharge Permit........



All -- EPA has posted public meetings and additional information about the upcoming discharge permit for vessels. The below listed website address is the link to the permitting procedures, etc. I suggest you distribute to your members at the widest base possible and get this information into the hands of recreational boaters.


http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=350


Officer Lou Amighetti
Public Information Officer
Missouri State Water Patrol

Flood Phone Numbers........

 

  "St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline...... 636-949-3025

Sundowners.......


    Sundowners is closed due to high flood water. However, we would like to extend a special invitation to all Riverbill readers to visit us at our other restaurant, Travenas. Please visit
www.sundownersstl.com for a 10% off coupon good at Travenas. Stop in and have a cold beer or a delicious dinner. Bring yourself or a group . Live music every Thursday and Friday evening, not to mention Thursday is Ladies Nite offering 2 for 1 martinis for ladies.

Thank you,
Jon & Kelley Klipp

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

Update on Levees Between Hannibal
and St. Louis, Mo.


The Mississippi River overtops the Cap Au Gris levee near the Winfield Ferry, June 18, 2008. [Click image]
 

St. Louis, June 19 – As of this morning, the Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis reports that eleven agricultural levees between Hannibal and St. Louis, Mo., have been overtopped by rising river levels. The levees are all in Missouri. These levees protect primarily agricultural property and are built to lower elevations than those that protect larger population centers.

The Cap Au Gris Levee, which began overtopping Tuesday, did breach last night in a location separate from the overtopping east of Winfield, Mo. The Corps continues to monitor four levees that have a high potential of overtopping. A map showing current levee status within the St. Louis District will be available on the web at: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/floodfight/status.html

[ More ]

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Sand boil found in East St. Louis

St. Louis, June 19 – A small sand boil was found in East St. Louis this afternoon, Thursday, June 19, by a Corps of Engineers inspection team.  The boil is being countered by the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD) with technical assistance from the Corps of Engineers.  The boil has been assessed as manageable.

Sand boils occur when high river elevations on the outside of the levee create enough hydrostatic pressure to push fine particles of soil to the surface inside the levee along with the water flow.

If left unchecked this groundwater flow could erode the levee foundation and weaken the levee.

This sand boil was discovered during an inspection of the levee and illustrates the value of vigilance that is part of the normal procedures during high water events.

At this time no more sand boils have been identified.  At the elevation of the water at the time, it seems this is an isolated event.  But careful scrutiny of the levee system will continue until the river level falls.

[ More ]

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Creve Coeur Park Drag Boat Classic

    Saturday & Sunday....., June 21 & 22

 


From:       "Vince Williams"
To:             RiverBill@prodigy.net
Subject:   CREVE COEUR DRAG BOAT CLASSIC
Date:        Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:44:17 -0500


THIS YEAR THEY ARE RACING PERSONAL WATERCRAFT 2 BRACKETS .
18 AND UNDER
18 AND OVER
ITS ET (EXTENDED TIME) WHICH MEANS THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT GETS A HEAD START. THEY RUN EVERYONE TO SEE HOW FAST THEY ARE FIRST AND GIVE THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT A HEAD START.
MUST HAVE A HELMET AND 100 MILE LIFE JACKET AND NEOPRENE SHORTS. HELMETS AND LIFE JACKET MAY BE SUPPLIED.
ITS A TOTAL OF $75 TO RACE $ 50 GOES TO JOIN  ORIGINATION .

$ 25 TO RACE
REGISTRATION TO RACE IS FRI. 1-5 PM, SAT. 730 AM -NOON. QUALIFYING IS SAT. 9 AM. DRIVERS MEETING SUN. 11 AM TROPHIES WILL BE GIVEN FOR TOP SPOT
SOME OF THE FASTEST PWC IN THE WORLD WILL BE THEIR FOR SOME GRUDGE RACING.
( 90+MPH IN ONLY 1/8 MILE)
LETS ALL GET OUR OLD AND NEW PWC'S OUT AND RACE SINCE EVERY PWC HAS THE SAME SHOT AT A TROPHY
SOME OF THESE REG. BOATS RUN 200+ MPH IN THE 1/4 MILE

 

WITH NO PLACE TO BOAT THIS COULD BE A BIG EVENT

River History....

 

 The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (formerly US 66 Bridge): History. – Was Built 1929; closed to traffic in 1968; reopened for pedestrians on June, 1999 .

 

             Click here for more info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday..19 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Updated at 6:50 PM...Crest lowered ...check river forcast charts !

 

 

 

Good NEWS !

The Crest at Winfield

has been lowered by 3 Ft

Click here for U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS,

 ST. LOUIS DISTRICT, RIVER & RESERVOIR DAILY REPORT

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

click on pic to enlarge

 

 

The River Pictures and e-mail of Day ......  is from Cap't Randy Johnston

 

Riverbill,

This picture was taken today (Wednesday, June 18th) from the now end of Washeon Road . I’m sure this guy had enough problems without seeing this when he came out to check on whatever concern he had further on down the road, in the now deeper water.


Thanks,
Randy Johnston

 

 

 

 

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RiverBill's is starting a  2008 River Flood page

....Send us your pics for posting !

Click here to check out some of them

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

Click on pic to enlarge

 

 

Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail of the Day in 2006 ------- were from Mark Newlin, who can be seen kayaking around on the Mississippi River from time to time near the Isle of Two Branch.

  Mark wrote in his e-mail:

 

Bill,

   Kayaked around "Two Branch Island" Saturday and was pleasantly surprised how few boats were out on such a nice day. Guess the gas prices might have something to do with that.

Can't beat how cheap kayaking is.

 

Thanks,

Mark  (red kayak)

 

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 The Ferry Report…

 

  

Winfield Ferry..............Closed

Golden Eagle Ferry......Closed

Grafton Ferry...............Closed

Brussels Ferry............ Closed

                                    

CLOSED & CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WATER...........

 

Palisades Yacht Club...Closed

North Shore Oasis........Closed

Cedar Hill ....................Closed

Sundowners.................Closed

 

Great Rivers Towboat Festival scheduled for June 28 & 29...... Cancelled

State Of Mind Water Sports Poker Run scheduled for July 19...Cancelled

3rd Annual Classic Boat & Outboard Show Sch'ld for July 21-22... Postponed

Lock and Dam Closures ...........

 

THE FOLLOWING LOCK AND DAMS ARE CLOSED TO ALL NAVIGATION DUE TO HIGH RIVER LEVELS.
L/D 13 MM 522.5 UMR,
L/D 15 MM 482.9 UMR,
L/D 16 MM 457.2 UMR,
L/D 17 MM 437.1 UMR,
L/D 18 MM 410.5 UMR,
L/D 19 MM 364.2 UMR,
L/D 20 MM 343.2 UMR,
L/D 21 MM 324.9 UMR,
L/D 22 MM 301.2 UMR,
L/D 24 MM 273.4 UMR,
L/D 25 MM 241.4 UMR

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1167...
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

Last Weekend's Edition of RiverBill's............. click here   

RiverBill's 2008 Flood Pictures

 

  Click here and check them out.....

  Today we added a few more pictures.....from Capt'n Darryll, Capt'n Tauni Shuck, Capt'n Harry Ragland and Randy Johnsston

 

Many more to come

Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic

    (From the 6-17-08 Edition of RiverBill's)

    

 

Missouri State Water Patrol News Release ......

 

NEWS
RELEASE

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Colonel Rad C. Talburt, Commissioner

For further information contact:

Officer Lou Amighetti

 Public Information Officer
Phone: (573)-751-3333
Fax: (573)-522-1287
E-mail: Lou.Amighetti@mswp.dps.mo.gov
Number of Pages: 1
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Eastern Missouri

By order of the United States Coast Guard Sector Upper, the Mississippi River is closed to recreational boating traffic from mm 361 to mm 168.7. The Mississippi River is still open for limited commercial traffic. The closure was put in effect 6/15 and will remain until further notice. Boats found operating in the affected area will be stopped and removed from the water. These measures are necessary to prevent property damage, looting and life preservation.

Officers with the Missouri State Water Patrol are on standby in Canton and Hannibal where active sandbagging and flood counter measures are in place. Officers will remain in areas of concern until the threat of significant flooding is gone. River levels are expected to crest in Northern Missouri this week. Use extreme caution around flooded areas and be prepared.

 

Click here to check out the Missouri State Water Patrol website

Updated Sat at 9:30 AM

Flood Statement ......

    The National Weather Service has issued the following flood Statement:

 

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
237 AM CDT THU JUN 19 2008.....
  Click here

 

Mississippi River.....

ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE

 

Navigation Notice ......

 

To:           ALL MARINERS
From:       Coast Guard Upper Miss
Date:       6/17/08
Subject:   REC TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS


NAVNOTICE # 1172

SUBJ: WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0234-08 UM
SAFETY AND SCHEDULED BCSTS UNTIL CANCELLED
CANCEL WESTERN RIVERS BNM NR 0227-08 UM
USCG NOTICE TO MARINERS EIGHTH DISTRICT NR 0234-08 UM
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISSUES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVISORY:
ALL RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING FROM L/D 12, MM 556.7, TO THE JEFFERSON BARRACKS BRIDGE, MM 168.7 UMR UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE. THIS TEMPORARY RIVER CLOSURE HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

 

 

Click here to go to NAVNOTICE # 1172..
Check the CG/COE Hot Topics website for most current memos

River Stages On Your Cell Phone:     

 

Log on to your cell phone web browser & go to the following url address:  http://www.riverbills.com/river.html .  

Flood Phone Numbers........

 

  "St. Charles County Flood Information Hotline...... 636-949-3025

Boaters and Fuel Tax .......

 

 Capt'n Matt Burrows, one of the bar tenders at North Shore Oasis, sent us a link to a news article on News-Leader.com about boaters and the Missouri Fuel Tax Refund !

 

Click here to read the on-line news story

From The US Army Corps of Engineers website........

 

 

Rising Mississippi River Overtops Levees
North of St. Louis


The Mississippi River overtops the Cap Au Gris levee near the Winfield Ferry, June 18, 2008.
 

St. Louis, June 18 – The Army Corps of Engineers reports that eight levees north of St. Louis in Lincoln and Pike Counties, Mo., have overtopped. These levees protect primarily agricultural property and are built to lower elevations than those that protect larger population centers.

Overtopping of a levee is not considered failure of that levee, according to the Corps. Overtopping is a phrase used by the Corps to identify a levee that has provided its design level of protection but flood waters have exceeded that level of protection.

The eight impacted levees provided between 14 and 30 year levels of protection. That is a statistical measure and not a calendar prediction of the frequency that water will rise above the levees during flooding. For instance a 30-year levee may be expected to have about a three percent chance of being overtopped in any given year.

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

 

Winfield Levee Breaks......

  According to a news story on STLtoday.com.....The Mississippi River broke through the Winfield levee on Wednesday night.  Serious flooding in Lincoln.

Click here to read the on-line news story

 

Four Levee Breaks Along The Mississippi River Morning (6-18-08)

Two breaches near Meyer, IL on the Lima Lake Drainage District, one on the Marion Co. Drainage District, and one of the Indian Grave Drainage District will cause the Mississippi River level to drop below previous forecast crests.   This will likely lead to flood crests falling short of the record 1993 flood crests.

An updated forecast for the Mississippi River is expected by 2 p.m. this afternoon.

 

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The above was reprinted from the National Weather Service web site.

Information presented on National Weather Service web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Capt'n Ernie Moretti for sending us the news link above !

 

Public Notices Open For Comment

   Posted on the US Army Corps Of Engineers Website.....

 

P-2678:   American Milling, L.P., requests a Section 10 permit to construct a pipe pile supported conveyor, loading tower and to permanently moor two captive dock barges along the left descending bank of the Mississippi River, at approximate river mile 175.9, near Cahokia, in St. Clair County, Illinois. The public notice opens on June 20, 2008 and closes on July 10, 2008.

 

 

Click here for more information on the above notice

 

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The above was reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Information presented on CorpsWeb public web sites is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.

 

Ozark rivers ideal for floating
 

  Can't go boating ! 

  Looking for something else to on the water ? 

 

   Yesterday's on-line Lake Expo reported that the presistent rain that is causing problems all along the Mississippi has created ideal conditions for floating the streams in the Missouri Ozarks !

  Click here to read the news story

Creve Coeur Park Drag Boat Classic

    Saturday & Sunday....., June 21 & 22

 


From:       "Vince Williams"
To:             RiverBill@prodigy.net
Subject:   CREVE COEUR DRAG BOAT CLASSIC
Date:        Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:44:17 -0500


THIS YEAR THEY ARE RACING PERSONAL WATERCRAFT 2 BRACKETS .
18 AND UNDER
18 AND OVER
ITS ET (EXTENDED TIME) WHICH MEANS THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT GETS A HEAD START. THEY RUN EVERYONE TO SEE HOW FAST THEY ARE FIRST AND GIVE THE SLOWER WATERCRAFT A HEAD START.
MUST HAVE A HELMET AND 100 MILE LIFE JACKET AND NEOPRENE SHORTS. HELMETS AND LIFE JACKET MAY BE SUPPLIED.
ITS A TOTAL OF $75 TO RACE $ 50 GOES TO JOIN  ORIGINATION .

$ 25 TO RACE
REGISTRATION TO RACE IS FRI. 1-5 PM, SAT. 730 AM -NOON. QUALIFYING IS SAT. 9 AM. DRIVERS MEETING SUN. 11 AM TROPHIES WILL BE GIVEN FOR TOP SPOT
SOME OF THE FASTEST PWC IN THE WORLD WILL BE THEIR FOR SOME GRUDGE RACING.
( 90+MPH IN ONLY 1/8 MILE)
LETS ALL GET OUR OLD AND NEW PWC'S OUT AND RACE SINCE EVERY PWC HAS THE SAME SHOT AT A TROPHY
SOME OF THESE REG. BOATS RUN 200+ MPH IN THE 1/4 MILE

 

WITH NO PLACE TO BOAT THIS COULD BE A BIG EVENT

Commentary....Boaters Discharge Permits
 

  The on-line LakeExpo.com has an interesting commentary about the upcoming law that, if passed, would require all recreational boaters to have a discharge permit.

 

  Click here to read more.....

RiverBill's June Calendar :    

 

10x 8 for your wall .......       Click here

 

Contact:  Betty Zoellner

 Flotilla Commander 3-13 8WR USCGAUX

    District Staff Officer - Public Affairs

 bcz@charter.net 

314-852-2909

June 13, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Flood Waters and Recreational Boaters

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds you that boating in flooded waters is dangerous and should be discouraged.

 A large stretch of the Mississippi River is now closed to recreational boating due to the floods.   Many of the other favored recreational boating locations in the area are also flooding.

 While there are areas of high water which have not been officially closed, it is still a good idea to wait for these waters to subside before venturing out. 

Flood water moves faster and has a more powerful current.  It carries debris which can cause damage.  Navigational buoys can be carried off station and may not accurately mark a safe channel.  Hazards normally visible above water may now be submerged.

 While a shortened boating season is frustrating, heading out into dangerous high water is not worth the risk.  Please… wait out the flooding, or tow your boat to safer waters.

 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says “a successful boating outing begins when you leave home and ends when you safely return home.”   Whether you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, or would just like to learn more about the services offered to the boating public such as Safe Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Checks, information is available on the web at www.uscgauxflotilla3-13.org or www.cgaux.org or you can contact the Flotilla Commander at bcz@charter.net or 314-852-2909.

 The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.  These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education.  The 28,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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Alton Marina Has a Slip Waiting For You During the High Water....…  

 

 

From:     "Jeremy Fowler" <jeremy-fowler@att.net>
To:          riverbill@prodigy.net
Subject:  Alton Marina
Date:      Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:26:53 -0500
 

 

Bill,

This is Jeremy from the Alton Marina. Karen Brncic asked me to drop you a line to let the boaters know that if they would like to come stay with us during this time of high water, we are offering discounted monthly rates. They are:

25' Uncovered - $150.00
30' Covered - $240.00
35' Covered - $290.00
40' Covered - $340.00
45' Covered - $390.00
50' Covered - $440.00 - please call for availability on 50' and larger vessels!

These rates are about 1/3 of what our usual rate would be, so hopefully we can be of help to some folks who want access to their boats.

Our pool and hot tubs will be open for next weekend, the deli is serving weekend food specials and frozen drinks- Let's have a little boating fun, even if the river is high!

We are one of the last to take on water, and if the current forecast holds, our parking lot should stay dry.

Jeremy Fowler
Harbor Master
The Alton Marina
Operated by Parrot Pointe Marine
#1 Henry St. Alton, IL 62002
Office: (618)462-9860

River History....

 

 1965 In River History

The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, completed in June 1965, is a dredged channel from New Orleans southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. The 76-mile waterway is shorter and easier to navigate than the Mississippi River and is free of floating debris and swift currents common to the river.

 

Source...US Army Corps of Engineers website

              Click here for more info

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday..18 June 2008

Over 1.4 Million Visitors Strong !

 

Welcome New Advertiser !

K.J.'s Place

1530 Highway J,   Portage Des Sioux

(636) 899-1139

 

Welcome All Boaters  !

 

Click here  for Map from  Map Quest

Click here  to go to K.J's  webpage

Picture of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The River Pictures and e-mail of Day ......  Are from Capt'n Rick Estes, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the boat Y2KATY II

 

Hey! Bill,

It's sad to see the river so high it's almost unusable (especially since we just bought the Y2Katy II). So here are some boating pictures from down south. By good timing we ended up on vacation on the Alabama/Florida gulf coast last week with many other family members. Thank you very much to the patriarch and matriarch of the Koch family (my in-laws), Ed and Cathy, of the Ninth Day, Yacht Club of St. Louis. And of course, to uncle John and aunt Barbie (Gulf Shores, Al) who supplied us with the use of their Sea Ray and much more. In the first pic are myself, Mary and Katy on the beach near Fort Morgan (for the bird lovers of Riverbills, notice the sea gull in the background). Check out my can cooler in the next pic. Then we have Shelly, Chris and Tammy K, me and Katy on the Sea Ray after leaving the Sunset Grill in Orange Beach, Florida. The next shot shows stacked storage at Sportsman Marina (the BOATS, not Mary). The last shot is of some of our new friends from Alabama and Tennessee who stayed at the condo next to us and showed us their southern hospitality by sharing some of their catch with us (and believe me they caught more fish than they knew what to do with!). That's Chris K (Mary's brother), then Bill (I think I'll call him GulfBill), Chris and Steve, and just three of the very many big red snapper and other fish they caught.

 

 

See you on the river whenever it goes down!

Rick Estes

 

 

 

 

RiverBill says....You just never know where you may see a RiverBill's Cooler Cup !

 

 

 

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RiverBIll's is started a  2008 River Flood page

....Send us your pics for posting !

Click here to check out some of them

 

Yesteryears Picture of the Day

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Yester Year's River Pictures and e-mail of the Day in 2007 -------

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