Flood concerns valid

By Denise Jackson

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM CDT

SPRING BAY, Ill. -- Experts at the National Weather Service say flooding will be above normal this Spring.

According to the National Weather Service Spring Flood Outlook, ice on the Spoon and Illinois River will likely cause rapid flooding of surrounding areas.

On Tuesday night, both rivers were already above flood level and the wet conditions have many residents concerned.

Just about everyday Norm Spittler goes outside to check the Illinois River levels along the backyard of his home in Spring Bay.

Spittler and his wife June have lived in their home on Sunset Drive for 37 years. Last April's flooding forced them to evacuate and with all the snow and rain this winter he's got good reason to be worried.

"Sure I'm concerned, but it's alright now," he said. "With the cold it's gonna crest and start down, long as it don't get too warm too fast."

Theresa Mickens and her husband live down the street. They were also forced to evacuated last year. Now Theresa is hoping they won't have to do it again.

"My husband is concerned he had a heart attack a couple years ago and says that he's tired of moving all that stuff and he just doesn't know if he can do it much more," she said.

After a snowy cold winter these residents, like many here in central Illinois, are hoping mother nature will give them a break this Spring.

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