Illinois River projected to cross railroad tracks at River Station

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Illinois River is projected to cross the railroad tracks at the River Station as the National Weather Service in Lincoln said it is on the brink of major flood stage.

Peoria Public Works crews and Flood Fighters are continuing construction of what is currently a six-feet and growing wall of sandbags along the rear of the River Station. It stretches from the parking lot of Liberty Street to the Martinis On Water Street parking lot. 

“Just within the last 24 hours, water has risen probably about two feet and it’s really, really encroaching the wall,” said Alex Williams, communications specialist for Peoria Public Works.

The latest projections from the NWS in Lincoln anticipate the river will crest at 27.7 feet by Friday morning.

“It’s better to proactive, get the wall up, rather than to flush everything out and you know be in the cleaning stage after,” said Williams.

Due to the rising waters, Peoria Public Works worked until Tuesday evening placing sand. By 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, workers were tying in sections of a different type of sand barrier system. Wednesday’s task is to erect a four-foot wall along the front of the building, a Peoria Public Works spokesperson said. Efforts are underway to complete the protective measures by the end of the day on Wednesday.

The barrier is intended to keep floodwaters away from the city-owned historic site. 

“The wall basically can handle 30 feet. We should be seeing water you know kind of splashing up against the wall. Right around the train tracks, just crossing the train tracks, that’s about 27.5 feet,” said Williams.

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