Flooding Forecast For Several Communities

Gov. Pat Quinn on the scene of flooding in Moline Friday

Gov. Pat Quinn on the scene of flooding in Moline Friday

City officials in Peoria have closed streets along the riverfront and are anticipating a record flood over this weekend and early next week.
Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich told The Journal Star newspaper (http://bit.ly/10o4FiY ) on Friday that streets and parking lots along the Illinois River in downtown are closed to all but emergency traffic. Sand bags and other barriers are being put in place in some spots.
The river is expected to crest at 29.9 feet sometime Tuesday morning. The record crest was 28.8 feet in 1943.
Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard urged people to avoid flooded streets He said officers will be stationed in the riverfront area.
In Quincy, the Memorial Bridge has been closed as water rises near the approaches. The Champ Clark bridge at Louisiana, Missouri is set to close on Saturday.
Sandbagging is underway in several communities, including Beardstown and Meredosia.
A flood warning in effect for many towns along the Sangamon River, which is expected to crest about a foot above flood stage at Riverton on Tuesday.

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