Mason County now experiencing the worst of the flooding

By Anna Yee

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM CDT

MASON CO., Ill. -- Riverfront Park is usually a hot spot in Havana, but visitors are going to have to wait.

"It's an inconvenience," said Greg Griffin, the Mason County Emergency Services Manager.

And getting to and from Havana could take up to an hour longer, while the main bridge remains closed for river flooding.

Further south, authorities are still evacuating families along the river.

Along Matanzas Beach in Mason County, the water was one of the last places to crest on the river.

Waters have risen rapidly, almost overnight and took families by surprise.

"You think you're okay, because they tell you it has crested and everything," said Art Bechtel, "and within 8 hours overnight, here it is in my house up a foot deep in the basement."

Bechtel says the waters have never gotten this far before, and he had to go out of town to find sandbags.

Another family nearby is trying to assess damages at their home, which is submerged under 8 feet of water.

Mason County authorities are keeping an eye on the levee.

River levels in Havana and Mason County have broken record levels and are not expected to start falling until Monday.

In the meantime, it's more watching and waiting.

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