Signs of clean up on Peoria Riverfront begin

By Denise Jackson

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM CDT

PEORIA,IL--Clean-up on Peoria's Riverfront is off to a slow start, as flood waters from the Illinois River start receding. Public works crews have started removing sandbags which have lined much of Water Street. Businesses like Martini's inside the old River Station building could reopen on Tuesday. Landlord Kert Huber says thanks to monumental efforts with sandbagging and continuous pumping of flood water, clean-up costs will not be catastrophic.

"It'll be a lot of cleanup when you get that many people going through the building hauling sandbags. We actually sandbagged inside the doors, also in case there was seepage. So we have a lot of sand clean up. It's a historic structure and nobody wanted to see it flooded," he said.

The Contemporary Art Center on Water Street will go ahead with events scheduled for Friday evening, as well as Saturday. Visitors will be able to use one of two parking lots just off Commercial Street behind the building.

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