Rising Tide

Local officials prepare to handle another high near- record river stage

Local, county, state and federal officials are bracing for the potential impacts of the Illinois River topping the 28 foot mark for the fourth time in the last 6 years.
Following days of heavy rain that has saturated the ground, and filled drainage ditches to capacity, a prediction of more rain in the days to come has prompted local officials to begin holding daily meetings to monitor what is literally a fluid situation.
City and county officials, along with commissioners of the local drainage districts, are holding daily meetings with Corps of Engineers and State of Illinois officials to determine the likely courses of action that could significantly impact life in and around Beardstown.


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