Water Street businesses open through flood

By Chad Weber

April 19, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Despite barricades and sandbagging taking place along the Illinois river, Peoria businesses on Water Street want the pubic to know they are still afloat.

City officials said they expect see at least four feet of water in the Riverfront Village parking lot and one foot covering Water Street by Tuesday.

Business owners say they have been receiving hundreds of calls and while the streets may be a bit harder to navigate, they encourage people to continue to come down.

"There's signs," said Kelleher's general manager Billy Blasek. "There are detours down here but the city has done a great job at making sure there is signs to let people know that the businesses are open down here with the construction and with the water levels rising.

Most of Water street from the I-74 Murray Baker Bridge extending past Harrison Street will be closed at noon Saturday.

State Street by the post office will remain open.

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