April 26, 2011

Minor Flooding in Chillicothe

By Eric Shangraw

April 26, 2011 Updated Apr 26, 2011 at 9:30 PM CDT

Chillicothe residents are keeping an eye on the ever rising Illinois River.
Just north of Chillicothe, the river is at 24 feet in Henry and expected to crest at 25 feet on Friday.

There is minor flooding in Chillicothe.

Eric Shangraw has more on Chillicothe's concerns.

A strong wind combined with the rising water gives the Chillicothe riverfront a beach-like appearance.
At the moment, it is the best show in town, as residents keep stopping by to check on the flooding. It is minor at the moment.

"It is not bad right now," said resident Troy Childers, Junoir. "As you can see back on the water lines on the peers over there. (In the past) it has got up into the Banana's Restaurant. In the building itself. So it can get pretty high," he explained.

"It is like watching grass grow," said resident Terry Chismark. "If you sit here you ain't going to see the river come up. But you leave and come back. It is up again," he said.

Chillicothe Public Works has closed the boat ramp and the public docks are no longer accessible by land. Mayor Troy Childers says the city has sandbags in stock if needed.

The mayor is keeping a close eye on a privately owned barge used for July 4th Fireworks. It is parked on a sandbar. He worries the rising river will set it loose.

"I think it is just pushed up on shore with the sand," said Childers. "So we will see. But if anybody sees a barge floating down the river call me so we can go get it."

The river remains open to barge traffic as it creeps higher. And we all keep an eye to the sky hoping for no more rain.

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