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Illinois River water level down from last year

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West Central Illinois emergency management officials said on Sunday flooding on the Illinois River this year is nowhere near what it was last year.

Pike County Emergency Management Director Josh Martin said flood levels have dropped about a foot since Friday.

He suspects below average rain fall combined with above average temperatures will slowly decrease water levels.

Martin said families along the river shouldn't worry too much about flooding at this point.

"Even though it was another year with another flood, we didn't come to the levels we were last year and we don't expect that at this time," he said. "So the worry of is my home going to be impacted again this year as the river's coming up, that's subsided at this point."

Martin said the river will reach minor flood stage sometime in the middle of the week if water levels continue to decrease.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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