Peoria officials say the Illinois River has crested and is receding, leaving the city relatively undamaged. Dwain Deppolder of the city's emergency management agency says water was kept at bay by a 30,000-sandbag wall. As a result, businesses on streets near the river were largely unaffected by flooding.
Deppolder says officials were in contact with businesses throughout the crisis, making sure they had everything under control. He says a plant belonging to steel products maker Rohn Manufacturing was threatened. Deppolder says the city sent pumps to the plant, keeping it from being inundated. Deppolder said heavy rain did cause basement flooding in 30 homes. He said 12 homes were affected by river water.
The National Weather Service says the Illinois will recede slowly due to the most recent rain.
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