SPRING LAKE, Ill.-- Residents spent the last few days working to protect 13,000 acres of farmland.
Sandbags were put on top of the levee and around homes.
Farmers moved all of their equipment to higher ground, even emptying nearly 6,000 bushels out of their grain bins.
Farmers are already behind in planting their crops because of the weather.
If the water comes over the levee crops may be affected this season.
Spring Lake farmer, Steve Thomas says the way people came out to help the farmers was truly amazing.
Thomas said, “It is very emotional that people cared about us down here... We're just very few farmers down here in the bottom but it's our livelihood down here and people showed up and grabbed sandbags."
Thomas says until the river crests there will be someone patrolling the levee at all times.