According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Illinois River is slowly receding. As of 7:00 am, the river was observed at 28.4 feet and it is predicted to decline all week. The City continues to monitor NOAA predictions as well as first hand observations of the river’s activity.
In downtown Peoria, the temporary flood wall along Water Street will remain until next week as a precaution to any unexpected events. The flood wall continues to be maintained by City crews who are monitoring and pumping water from the frontage road from the minor seepage. Liberty and Main Streets will be open between Washington and Water Street in order for the community to have access to the museum and businesses. Water Street is closed between Liberty and south of Harrison for traffic. The parking deck at 401 SW Water Street, portions of the Michel East parking lot next to Hooters and the businesses in the 500 and 600 blocks of SW Water Street are all accessible. Access to the post office is from State Street only.
Please use caution when driving, biking or walking near flooded areas. Never drive your car through standing water since hazards such as pot holes or debris can be hidden by the water. The City has barricaded a number of hazards throughout the City, including closed streets along the river and at the intersection of Alta Lane and Radnor Road in Peoria, where a four-way stop has been installed. This change will remain in place indefinitely.
We have observed multiple people moving barricades or weaving through barricades in their vehicles. Officers have been ordered to strictly enforce these barricades and write tickets to any offenders. Please do not enter work zones or climb on or over the flood wall. For more information, please contact City Manager Patrick Urich at (309) 472-8216 or Assistant City Manager Chris Setti at (309) 472-6291.