SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Flooding, dangerous currents and floating debris have created hazardous conditions on the Illinois River.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Monday the closure of the Illinois River due to flooding. Public awareness ofthe area, and what is ahead, is imperative to personal safety. River closures prohibit recreational river traffic.
“With river levels rising and additional rain in the forecast,conditions are not favorable for boating on the Illinois River,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “These conditions aretreacherous for not only boaters, but our emergency responsepersonnel who are called upon to respond to and rescue those involvedin water mishaps.”
The closure starts at the IL-17 bridge in Lacon and continues to the river’s confluence in Grafton. Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Fulton, Mason and several other counties are impacted.