IEMA director says northern snow melt could add to river flood risks

By Marshanna Hester

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is estimating the flood to be at least a million dollar situation in the city alone.

Unfortunately, the disaster is far from over.

The director of the Illinois Emergency Management agency says it's important to remain vigilant in the fight.

Jonathon Monken says the potential for rapid snow melt in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin could bring more problems next week.

The direct impact will be felt on the Mississippi River, but he says that doesn't mean the Illinois River will be exempt.

"The residual impact that we'll see on the rivers that feed into the Mississippi, both the Rock and Illinois Rivers, are likely to back up because they can no longer drain into the Mississippi river," said Monken. "So we'll see the impact as even as high as Peoria potentially, depending on how significant it is."

Monken advised Peoria officials to not tear down flood barriers until it's clear the city will not be affected.

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