Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

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

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

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

The governor of Illinois has activated the State Emergency Operations Center as flooding affects parts of the state after heavy weekend rains.  Gov. Bruce Rauner says rivers are swelling with water in some Illinois communities, causing flooding. Activating the operations center means that state agencies will be ready to quickly respond.

Ameren Illinois says about 5,200 customers remain without power in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties following this week’s severe weather.  That includes parts of North and Central Peoria, Pekin and East Peoria still remaining without power.  Recent Rains North of Peoria have also swelled the Illinois River to flood stage.  Peoria Public works crews began a limited sandbagging operation Wednesday to protect the City-owned River Station building, along with parking restrictions by the river along water street.