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Peoria and East Peoria city officials closely monitoring Illinois River for more flooding

Illinois River

(WEEK) -- City officials in both Peoria and East Peoria are urging their residents to be aware of potential flooding and to plan ahead.

In Peoria, the city is preemptively closing Northeast Water Street between Hamilton Street and Main Street. They say as flood level predictions continue to rise this section of street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting on the evening of May 21, until water levels recede.

Despite this road closure, the city says foot traffic will not be prohibited and restaurants/businesses in the area are expecting to operate per usual. The Peoria RiverFront Market will be relocating for this weekend, moving to the Caterpillar parking lot on Hamilton Street, but the hours will remain the same.

Peoria says the flood stage had reached 27.4 feet as of Thursday afternoon, with the crest projected to reach 28 feet on Friday morning. While East Peoria says they're expected the river to crest at 28 feet on Thursday, with level not beginning to fall until Saturday, May 23.

East Peoria wants residents to be proactive and develop a voluntary evacuation plan, but officials are not recommending an evacuation right now.

They say the affected residents would likely be in the Richland Farms area and those near the river along Main Street and westward.

The city says no one is allowed on the levee for any reason and they are discouraging people from swimming in the waters due to the swift current and floating debris.

For more information from the city of East Peoria, officials say residents can sign up for the CodeRED texting/messaging on the city's website, or download the free CodeRED mobile app.

Holden Krusemark

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