Residents prepare for flooding

By Beau Ebenezer

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With memories of the April floods last year, many Central Illinois communities are taking extra precautions before the rain starts.

Some residents in Edwards are taking off work to tend to their property in the low-lying village.

Residents are primarily concerned of flash floods resulting from thawing snow and rain accumulation.

A creek running through the village could cause problems for some.

However, the Illinois River should remain stable.

The National Weather Service predicts levels will rise only about two feet after Thursday.

Southern areas like Havana could see some flooding.

The river levels may fluctuate due to ice jams and other melting.

To prevent potential flooding in your home be sure to check your sump pump, clean gutters of debris, and check the roof for ice dams.

It's also a good idea to shovel snow away from your house before it melts.

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