2019 Illinois River flooding

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PEORIA -- After more than a month submerged under floodwaters, the Peoria Riverfront should be fully reopened to foot traffic and events soon.

Peoria Public Works Interim Director Bill Lewis said cleanup efforts are well underway, with public works crews working 12-hour shifts to remove sandbags and clean up parking lots in time for the weekend.

However, Lewis said green spaces along the riverfront may take a little longer to restore.

 

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LINCOLN -- Tired of wet weather yet?

Bad news: You may want to keep your umbrella close by for the next few months.

Chris Miller is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He said a “perfect storm” of factors have led to above-average precipitation this year - and flooding.

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The Illinois River is slowly falling in Peoria after cresting nearly 9 feet above flood stage Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the Peoria measurement will drop below 26 feet early Wednesday. Flood stage is 18 feet.

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Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a second disaster proclamation issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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Moderate flooding continues along northern portions of the Illinois River but crests near where it intersects the Mississippi River could reach historic levels.

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Peoria’s riverfront area is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after being inundated with flood waters. The city of Peoria says the 300 block of SW Water Street is now open to all traffic. The Liberty parking lot is also open, but it can only be accessed from Harrison Street.

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The Peoria RiverFront Market kicks off its 2019 season Saturday in a temporary location due to flooding. Organizers say the market will open at 8:00 a.m. in the Caterpillar parking lot at the corner of SW Water and Hamilton streets. It will remain in this temporary location on May 25.

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Sandbag cleanup is underway along Peoria’s riverfront. Public works crews began removal Wednesday in the 300 block of SW Water Street.

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Health officials across the state are concerned flooding rivers and streams have contaminated private water wells.

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The Illinois River is holding steady in Peoria, nearly 10 feet above flood stage.

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The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic between Lacon and the Mississippi River due to flooding.

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Monday morning update: The Illinois River depth was 27.9 feet in Peoria Monday morning. Flood stage is 18 feet. The river is expected to fall slightly to 27.8 feet in Peoria by Tuesday morning. WCBU’s Kristin McHugh walked along Peoria’s Water Street Sunday afternoon to document the flood in photos.

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Work to protect the Peoria’s River Station from flood waters is nearly complete. Assistant Public Works Director Sie Maroon expects completion of the remaining sandbag walls Friday.

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Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a disaster proclamation issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The governor issued the declaration today in response to rapidly rising water and record crests on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

 

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Sandbagging begins Thursday on the Peoria riverfront as the Illinois River pushes past flood stage.