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Flood levels along two northern Illinois rivers looked to be falling after flooding this week but another round of rain has them rising again.

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

An 89-year-old bridge that spans from Missouri to Illinois is expected to be replaced by fall 2019.

State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

Heavy rainfall across much of Illinois late last month has left many corn farmers wondering what will become of their crops.  Most of the corn has been planted around the state but there is a concern that the flooding of some fields caused by more than a foot of rain, particularly in southern Illinois, will force them to replant their fields.  

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Flood warnings remain for large sections of central and southern Illinois after weekend storms brought as many as 10 inches of rain.  Officials at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale say a four-story housing unit on campus saw up to 12 inches of flooding on its first floor over the weekend. About 180 students had to be relocated for the last two weeks of the semester.

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.

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Flooding has delayed progress on a new bridge that will span the Illinois River at Meredosia in the western part of the state.  The bridge project was scheduled to be finished next year, but Halverson Construction Superintendent Scott Halverson says now that date is 2019.

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The National Weather Service says there is not a great risk of flooding along the Mississippi River during the next 90 days. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency considers that a window of opportunity.

The National Weather Service projection is welcome news to Paul Rasch. He is chief of operations for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Rasch says his agency will use this low-risk period to meet with local elected leaders and first responders up and down the river… to improve communication and make sure people are on the same page before a flood.

Transportation officials with the state of Illinois say they'll study flood prevention methods after the Illinois State Fair was swamped this year.  Heavy rains, as much as nearly 5.6 inches on the first full day of the fair Aug. 12, swamped campgrounds and forced fair officials to cancel some events.

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A Peoria based non-profit is lending a hand to disaster-stricken communities in Louisiana.

On Sun., Midwest Food Bank sent a volunteer-driven semi packed with 800 disaster relief boxes to Baton Rouge residents affected by flooding from recent storms, according to a new release.

Midwest Food Bank says it plans to send more disaster relief boxes in the days ahead. Each box contains enough shelf-stable food and supplies to provide for a family of four for about 4 to 5 days.

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SPRINGFIELD, Il. (AP) - Illinois has received additional time to determine whether to seek a federal disaster declaration for early-winter floods.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says its federal counterpart has extended by two weeks a Friday deadline to make such a request. The state agency had sought to push the deadline back to mid-March. 

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Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood is hoping for a federal disaster declaration in Illinois, now that 11 more counties were added to the state list Tuesday. 

Harwood says at least 50 people left their homes, but have all returned. Many are still dealing with flood damage. Harwood says this marks Iroquois County’s second attempt at getting federal help in six months. Last July heavy rains forced 400 people from their homes.  Harwood says he feels better about the odds now, given that many in Southern Illinois had to be evacuated.

Governor Bruce Rauner returned early from a holiday trip to Spain and Morocco to tour flooded areas of Illinois.  He continued today with a visit to Watseka, about 100 miles south of Chicago near the Indiana border.

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

Rauner Wraps 3-Day Tour Of Flood Damage

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Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties, but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses. Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove Sunday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. 

Rauner says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse:

 

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth made her way through storm-ravaged Illinois today, a day after major flooding in some areas of the state.  

After the Mississippi River flooded four years ago, more than 100 Illinois families agreed to sell their homes to the government for demolition so they could move to higher ground.

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The City of Peoria is temporarily halting storm recovery efforts so staff can tackle looming flood waters from the Illinois River.  City Public Works Director Mike Rogers says staff have received more than 500 service requests for tree limb removal and other issues from recent storms:

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Springfield's historic Dana Thomas House is once again allowing partial tours to come through after flooding last week. Visitors were able to come through the home on Sunday, though they avoided the bottom floor. Still, the flooding is a physical reminder of further needs, as IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

The home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a Springfield socialite back in 1902 has plenty for his fans to admire; amongst the treasures, a bowling alley in the home's basement.

  

The river levels on the Mississippi River, near Clarksville, Missouri have dropped a bit.  IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

It's almost an ironic invitation.  A gateway to the riverfront public park, at the edge of Clarksville's downtown, reads "touch the Mississippi."

Meteorologists say flooding is imminent across Il

Jun 25, 2014

Rainfall amounts this month are more than double what they were last year, and experts say this means flooding is imminent. IPR's Mariam Sobh reports.

Area rivers are rising across Illinois and neighboring states. Bill Morris is with the National Weather Service. He says the average amount of rain expected in June is right around 4 inches.

Wed. last day to apply for federal flood assistance

Jul 23, 2013

Wednesday is the last day individuals affected by extreme flooding in the spring can apply for federal assistance.

SUV, body recovered from Illinois River

May 7, 2013

The Peoria Fire Department pulled a body inside a white SUV from the Illinois River Tuesday, following four days of recovery efforts.  Peoria Police say the body is that of 33-year-old Clarence Hanson, who was reported missing over the weekend.  Peoria Fire Department Chief Kent Tomblin says the recovery was a result of multiple departments working together.

Outside help for Peoria County floods

May 2, 2013

Peoria County is relying on volunteer help in the wake of last month’s flooding.  Assistant Administrator Scott Sorrel says the County is reaching out to trained volunteers in Christian County to help with disaster assessments.  He says additional Red Cross staff will also help answer flood-related calls, and volunteer architects from across the state will help calculate damage.

More rain could result in additional flooding

May 2, 2013

The National Weather Service says more flooding could occur in the area as rain is expected from today through the weekend. Up to three inches of rain could fall with the slow moving storm system causing renewed flooding in creeks and smaller river basins. Stay tuned to Peoria Public Radio for the latest on the weather. 

Bustos on the Londan Mills flood damage

Apr 29, 2013

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in London Mills yesterday to assess flood damage in the area. The community of about 500 people was forced to evacuate about a dozen homes due to rising water levels from the Spoon River. Bustos says the town still has a long way to go in the recovery process, and it starts with recovery efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Residents looking for guidance as they clean up from flooding can attend an informational meeting this evening. Peoria County is hosting a flood recovery meeting at Illinois Valley High School in Chillicothe. The session will cover various topics related to flood safety. Representatives from the emergency management agency, planning and zoning, the health department and county administration will also be on hand to answer questions. The meeting will take place at six this evening. 

Wildlife also impacted by flooding

Apr 25, 2013

Flooding in Illinois displaced thousands of people this spring. It also forced wildlife out of their habitat. That could lead to more animals roaming near roads. Tim Schweizer is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

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