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Beardstown: State of Emergency Declared
The Mayor of Beardstown declared a state of emergency, preparing for the flood waters expected this week.
The small waterfront quaint city called Beardstown is preparing for what could be coming down the river.
The Mayor of Beardstown declared a state of emergency, as Illinois River water levels continue to rise and are not expected to go down anytime soon.
"Its going to be a very scary time for us over the next 42 to 72 hours," Mayor Bob Walters said. "So we will wait and see what happens, so say a little prayer hoping for the best."
From the rainfall and flooding up north, water levels are at 23 feet. By Thursday, water levels are expected to crest at 30.5 feet -- a flood record for Beardstown.
"So we're very guarded at this time and there's a possibility we may have to evacuate the city," Walters said.
The city is filling sandbags that will go around the water treatment plant among other areas of town. Wednesday, officials plan to close a railroad bridge that spans across the Illinois river.
This levy that protects the city is 35 feet high. Congressman Aaron Shock who surveyed the area Sunday, says Beardstown is in better shape than surrounding communities.
"Based on the investments we've made here and the work of the community, right now they're in good shape for what the expected crests are," Congressman Shock said.
The concern is if it rains more and how quickly water levels are expected to rise and then slowly drop.
Beardstown residents are asked to pack valuables in case the water tips over.
"I would rather be on the safe side than sit back and say I wish I would've done it later," Walter said. "So that's kind of the approach we're taking."