EAST PEORIA – City officials and the Fon du Lac Park District are continually monitoring the flooding situation on the Illinois River and the condition of the levee, and recommend residents be proactive by planning ahead in the event of an emergency.
The river level was at 25.83 feet at 6:45 a.m. today, with more rain forecast in the coming week. Current projections are for the river to crest at 28 feet on Sunday afternoon. East Peoria officials are not recommending evacuation at this time.
However, if severe flooding does occur, residents in the Richland Farms area and those along the river along Main Street and westward will need to have a plan for themselves and their pets and have basic supplies ready and provisions for their animals including food and water. Residents are encouraged to develop a voluntary evacuation plan that can be exercised if an order to evacuate is issued.
No one is allowed on the levee for any reason and the city is discouraging people from swimming in those waters due to the swift current and debris.
Information is being posted on www.cityofeastpeoria.com, www.facebook.com/EPCityGovernment, www.facebook.com/CIEmergencyInfo and https://twitter.com/EastPeoria. Information will also be issued using the CodeRED texting/messaging system. Residents who have not yet signed up for the free service can do so on www.cityofeastpeoria.com. Residents may also download the free CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive emergency messages in their geographic area.
Residents should not call the East Peoria Police Department or 9-1-1 unless they are reporting an emergency.