Rising river level poses danger to boat operators

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EAST PEORIA, Ill., Rising river levels have been wreaking havoc around Peoria. It can affect homeowners and boat operators.

Michael Johnson, Fon du Lac Park District Police Director says the water increase is above the normal pool and as a result, more debris is on the waterway.

“Unfortunately, this causes a lot of hazards for the boaters that are trying to navigate this area,” Johnson said.

Boat owners at the East Port Marina chose to stay at the dock because they didn’t want to damage their boats.

“There’s a lot of debris and with it being this high you just don’t know what’s out there,” boat owner Mike Prince said.

“You can’t really go out on the river with all the logs and stuff running down the river you’re [going to] tear up your boat,” boat owner Diane Morris said.

Johnson has advice for those who want to take that chance.

“We encourage boaters that if you are gonna come out and operate a watercraft on the river during flood stage make sure you wear your life jacket. The time to put it on is too late after you hit something so you need to wear it the whole time you’re out there,” Johnson said. “Especially with your children make sure they have a jacket on as well.”

As there is potential for more flooding over the next few days, the Fon du Lac Park District Police said the public should take caution when using a boat on the river and walking near flooded areas.

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