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IDNR Announces River Closure Due to Flooding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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Rachel Torbert
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IDNR Announces River Closure Due to Flooding
Illinois River from Marshall County to the confluence of the Mississippi River closed to recreational traffic
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has announced the closure of much of the Illinois River due to flooding.  IDNR Conservation Police report flooding, dangerous currents and floating debris have created hazardous conditions on the Illinois River.  River closures prohibit recreational river traffic. Public awareness of the area, and what is ahead, is imperative to personal safety.

“With river levels rising and additional rain in the forecast, conditions are not favorable for boating on the Illinois River,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “These conditions are treacherous for not only boaters, but also for emergency response personnel who are called upon to respond to and rescue those involved in water mishaps.”

The ordered closure begins at the IL-17 bridge in Lacon (Marshall County/mile marker 185) and continues to confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers in Grafton.  The following counties are impacted by the closure of the Illinois River:  Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Fulton, Mason, Schuyler, Cass, Brown, Morgan, Scott, Pike, Calhoun, Greene and Jersey counties.

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