Peoria lock and dam to re-open with Illinois River

By Marc Strauss

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the Peoria lock and dam will be open when the river is re-opened to barge traffic.

The lock and dam remains under water, but the Corps' Illinois Waterway Operations Manager for this region reports he is not aware of any damage.

Once waters have receded enough, a team of engineers will inspect the lock and dam to ensure that it is operating properly.

"Water has to get down to about level 16.8 on the gauge and at that point we can start getting bobcats and that stuff in there, clean out the mud, hose off the building and the concrete floors and that stuff and start looking for any damage," said Mike Zerbonia, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood area engineer.

Zerbonia says there is a chances the river could re-open to barge traffic, from Peoria to Hennepin, in the next few days.