Peoria Crews Continue Efforts to Protect Downtown from Flood

By WEEK Producer

Peoria Crews Continue Efforts to Protect Downtown from Flood

April 20, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – Crews in Peoria continue the effort to build a barricade strong enough to withstand the rising Illinois River water. Friday, a concrete barricade wall was put in place and workers began to sandbag around it for additional protection. Now officials say that effort will continue through the weekend.

Peoria Public Works employees plan to monitor the barricade continuously to make sure it can withstand the river as it moves up as high as 30-feet early next week. That would be a new all-time record.

The riverfront has already been overtaken by the river as water continues to move its way toward Water Street. The city has closed Water Street to through traffic from Main Street south to just past Harrison.

Officials are urging river watchers to please stay off of Water Street to observe the flood and instead stay on the west side and out of the construction area. Property owners are being encouraged to secure all outside items and to move any hazardous materials to a level above where the water is expected to reach.

The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in Peoria at Redeemer Church as 6801 Allen Road in Peoria for displaced residents.