Peoria, Ill. (HOI ABC) - Recent heavy rain locally and to our north will lead to river flooding throughout much of the next week. Even though rain has stopped, our river levels will continue to rise over the next couple of days.
The Illinois River will see a more prolonged flood event relative to our other local rivers.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln estimates that a widespread 2-4" of rain has fallen within the last few days. Areas closer to I-55 may have seen as much as 5-6" of rain during that time.
Flood Warnings are in effect for all our major local rivers.
The Illinois River is under a flood warning until further notice.
The Spoon River is under a flood warning through Tuesday afternoon.
The Vermilion River is under a flood warning through Wednesday afternoon.
The Mackinaw River is under a flood warning Tuesday morning.
(These warnings are up-to-date as of posting this Monday evening.)
Here is a look at some locations along the Illinois River. Moderate to major flooding is expected later this week.
Peoria's forecast crest of 27.7' is 0.3' below major flood stage and about a foot and a half below the record crest of 29.35' set on 4/23/2013. At these levels, areas downtown near the river will likely be flooded.
If you live in or near any flood prone areas along our local rivers, and especially the Illinois River, make sure you are paying close attention to our water levels over the next week.
Remember to never drive through a flooded roadway and "turn around, don't drown."