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Beardstown Officials: Stay Off Levees
The floodwaters on the Illinois River are attracting a lot of curiosity, with people wanting to see for themselves how high the water is.
But officials ask that people stay off the levees, for multiple reasons.
Now that the level is so high, the levees are under great pressure, making them sensitive to traffic. Plus, it could be dangerous to be near one if it breaks.
In Beardstown, police will arrest you if they find you on top of a levee.
"I'm not saying it will, not saying it will," Beardstown Interim Chief of Police Tony Patterson said. "But it could. It has that potential. And I don't want that to happen. I don't want somebody walking on it and it break through and they get hurt. Or walking by the levee and the ground breaks free and it hits them."
Patterson said if you want to see the water, you can visit the Beardstown Look, which is an elevated boardwalk where visitors can get an excellent view.
Fire department members, along with public works crews and police officers, are monitoring the levees 24 hours a day.