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Pumps keep flood water out of Pearl, Illinois

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Efforts are underway in Pearl, Illinois, to keep flood water out of the town.

Pike County Emergency Management Director Josh Martin said they are running two pumps.

He said although the water's not where is was last year, the current levels are concerning.

Martin said town and county officials are working to keep the pumps running and are ready to sandbag, if they need to.

"They're just periodically pumping to keep the water out of town, trying to keep the highway opened up," Martin said. "If we don't pump, water will get over the highway, shut the highway down and cause some problems in town. Pearl's actual pump helps keep the water out of town and then the 16 inch pump we get from the state is what keeps the highway open."

Martin said the pumps have been running since May 21.

He said if the forecast holds up true, the pumps should keep water out of the town and off the highway.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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