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An Alton, Ill., Public Works employee checks on one of several large pumps being used to keep Mississippi River floodwaters at bay in downtown Alton, Ill., Monday, June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman)
Photo by: JOHN BADMAN
An Alton, Ill., Public Works employee checks on one of several large pumps being used to keep Mississippi River floodwaters at bay in downtown Alton, Ill., Monday, June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman)

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