Spirit of Peoria not deterred by flood waters

By WEEK Producer

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A slightly high Illinois River couldn't keep one celebration from happening in downtown Peoria on Monday.

That's because the celebration was on a boat.

The Spirit of Peoria to be exact.

Monday was the 25th anniversary of the boat arriving to Peoria.

The boat is special because it is one of the few remaining, and functioning, true paddle boats.

A feature that makes it unique, but also dangerous in our current flooded rivers.

"We're 47.5 feet tall. So we do have to watch the bridges heights, but also lots of floating debris. Again, since we are paddle driven, that's our props, that's our only source of propulsion. So when a big log floats into the wheel that obviously can be a problem," said Spirit of Peoria Captain, Alex Grieves.

Luckily for the Spirit of Peoria, the river was officially cleared for traffic on Monday.

The captain said they are ready to take a trip out this weekend.

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