PEORIA, Ill. — 200 National Guard troops are being deployed to help those affected by flooding.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the National Guard members will help strengthen levee’s and build protective barriers.
The sidewalks are clear and most of the businesses are slowly re-opening but that could soon change this weekend.
After the first round of flooding we expected the levels to go back to normal by early June, but after another round of wet weather, that number is expected to rise to 26.4 ft (ca. 8 m) this weekend.
“Our river height is typically around 17 feet (ca. 5 m) or so and at times it may be a little less than that,” said Sie Maroon, Assistant Public Works Director.
Maroon says there are a couple attributing factors, one, recent rain and the other, the Mississippi River.
“The problem we are having with our water, and slower receding and slower going down, is because the Mississippi River has been flooded for so long,” he said. “We actually dump into the Mississippi, so we are caught in the middle basically between the Mississippi River and what’s coming from up North.”
Assistant Public Works Director Sie Maroon says despite the flooding, people in Peoria have been talking about the bad road conditions. But he says more crews working on the riverfront flooding problem, means fewer crews are working on city roads.
According to the National Weather Service in Lincoln said the river will continue rising to 26.8 feet by Sunday morning in the Peoria area, then begin falling. The NWS said there could be minor property damage by the river.
The record crest of the Illinois River in Peoria was 29.3 feet in April 2013.