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Peoria waits for Illinois River's record crest

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT

PEORIA (AP) — Peoria is still waiting for the Illinois River to crest but officials say a barrier is so far holding most of the water away from downtown.

The river is expected to top out Tuesday afternoon at 30 feet. By Monday morning it already hit a record of just over 29.

More rain was expected overnight Monday and into Tuesday.

City Manager Patrick Urich told The Journal Star in Peoria that a key barrier in the downtown riverfront along Water Street is so far working pretty well.

Forty-five miles downriver in Havana the bridge that carries U.S. Highway 136 over the river has been closed by flooding. The Illinois Department of Transportation isn't sure how long the bridge will be closed.

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