US Coast Guard closes Illinois River due to high waters

PEORIA, Ill. — The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered the Illinois River closed to all commercial and recreational traffic due to high waters north and south of Peoria.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the closed stretches about 45 miles from Lacon to Kingston Mines. The river crested in Peoria mid-afternoon Monday. The flooding has meant downtown Peoria has a sandbag wall and U.S. Coast Guard members were using canoes and johnboats to reach their facility in East Peoria. There also are several flooded roadways in the area.

The National Weather Service has the river at major flooding levels from Peoria south to its confluence with the Mississippi River. The weather service forecasts high waters through the week in many locations and says more rain through Thursday could prolong flooding.

 

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