That "metal thing" is actually the hat of the huge Tom Sawyer Statue (this picture was from October last year)
The long and short of it is that I went and put air in my tire at a gas station and the attendant told me that the only way across is the bridge that's 20 minutes south of the city, but she didn't know if it was flooded out or not at that point. I got down there and the road was covered with water but not to the point where you couldn't drive across; all the cars were having the huge "turkey wings" of water from the wheels. I ended up getting home right at 9pm.
This weekend it is anticipated that the river is going to get up to 33ft above normal and that is supposed to last through Tuesday. Maybe I will get out of work a few days on account of rain (and flooding).