Spoon River expected to reach 24 feet

By Beau Ebenezer

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM CDT

LONDON MILLS, Ill. -- The Village of London Mills felt rather dry Tuesday night.

But a rising Spoon River has many residents praying they don't have a repeat of the April 2013 flood.

"A lot of people in town, including some very good friends of mine, lost their home," said London Mills resident, Patricia Ping. "They had to completely rebuild. You just hope there isn't a repeat."

Last year, a levee was breached after the river reached a crest of 26.5 feet.

The flooding forced most of the town to evacuate.

Many have rebuilt since the disaster, but others were forced to leave for good.

This time, the river's expected to crest at 23 feet Wednesday night.

"I hadn't checked it all day, so I figured I would put a marker down and check things out. It's coming up pretty quick," said resident, Ron Craver. "I've seen it be dry here before and still have the river rise if we get enough rain up north."

The river could reach Route 116 at the Spoon River Bridge if it reaches a crest of 24 ft.

If it gets any higher, the highway could close due to flooding.

Residents we spoke with have not started taking precautions.

Some said they may take action Wednesday, depending on how high the water rises.

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