Flood levels to reach record highs

Apr 19, 2013

Flood levels in the City of Peoria are expected to reach record highs by Tuesday morning. The predicted level is thirty feet, almost a foot-and-a-half higher than the record set 70 years ago. Governor Pat Quinn has declared 38 counties disaster areas, including Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties. 

City officials are preparing the downtown area near the Riverfront for the flooding. Jeff Smith is Peoria’s interim director of public works. He says city officials are taking a number of steps to avoid excess damage like removing loose items such as garbage cans.

Water levels on the Illinois River in front of River Station on Friday afternoon.
“Also shutting off power to street lights and trying to protect any of the facilities there that would be damaged. And a lot of the owners are actually moving some of the goods and furnishings off of the first floor,” says Smith.

Flood levels are expected to be more than a foot on Water Street. River Station’s parking lots will close at six tonight.City officials expect the businesses of River Station will eventually have to close.Water street is already closed from Liberty to Harrison and the rest of the street, north to the I-74 bridge will close at noon tomorrow. A link to maps showing the estimated flood levels can be found at peoriagov.org.