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Peoria Riverfront Prepares for Flood

Central Illinois Chapter volunteers deliver food and water to city crews building a sand barrier in downtown Peoria.

On a typical Friday night, Peoria’s downtown riverfront nightlife is bustling with people ready to unwind from their busy week, but tonight there was a very different scene. The usual sounds of laughter were replaced with the sounds of dump trucks, backhoes, and workers filling and stacking sandbags.

Area crews were building a sandbag barrier to protect Peoria from the rising water of the Illinois River. Though the water has not yet reached businesses, it is expected to reach 27 feet by Saturday night, and a historic 30 feet by Tuesday, which will surely impact beloved locations in the river city.

City of Peoria workers have been working through out the day in overcast, cold weather with spotting sleet, and they will continue to work through out the night in similar conditions. Red Cross volunteers were on the scene this evening to deliver bottles of water and snacks to the busy crews.