Illinois River flooding impacts felt in downtown Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. – The Illinois River is still rising and its impacts are still being felt.

Businesses in the River Station building and also the Spirit of Peoria remain closed as of Monday. Water Street is closed until further notice but the businesses there are still open.

Peoria Public Works spent countless hours getting ready for this by filling sandbags and building a sandbag wall. They are still making additional bags in case they are needed. On a lighter note, city officials have been monitoring the river and they say it could be worse.

“We’re in much better shape today than we were 10 or 15 years ago even with the flooding. Really this is going to be the 5th worst flood in the history of the city, it’s not the worst, but it ranks up there pretty high,” said Bill Lewis, Interim Public Works Director for the City of Peoria.

Of course when the water does begin to recede, there will be plenty of cleanup efforts to get everything back to normal.

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