Residents prepare for the Illinois River to crest

By WEEK Reporter

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 7:03 PM CDT

HAVANA, Ill. -- Residents down stream are getting ready for the Illinois River to crest on Wednesday.

Video taken from a helicopter Tuesday morning of Havana and the bridge on Route 136 that IDOT closed on Monday.

On the west side of the river The Thompson Levee is holding.

However, The Nature Conservancy is working to keep other flood waters out of prairie land on the westside of Illinois State Route 78 near Dickson Mounds. They needed to reinforce their wall.

"Yes we have sand. We also have sand. All of this underneath the plastic is sand. We did all that yesterday. But the water came up a little more than we had anticipated so we're just trying to fill in the gaps and make sure we got it stopped," Jason Beverlin from the Nature Conservancy said.

In the same area, farmers are also working to keep the water out of the fields.

They have spent days sandbagging but in some areas it has seeped through.