Illinois River reaching peak flooding levels

Jan 5, 2016

A hydrology expert says flood waters have crested or are near cresting on towns along the Illinois River southwest of Peoria.

Steve Buan is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service's North Central River Forecast Center. He says waters near the town of Havana crested overnight Monday into Tuesday and that waters near Valley City and Meredosia are forecast to crest today.

Buan says the waters should start receding but he says it's a slow process.  He says there will likely be major flooding levels along the river until the middle of January.

The weather service has flood warnings in effect for a stretch of the Illinois River from Peru southwest to Peoria and from Peoria southwest to its confluence with the Mississippi River.