Record flooding now forecast for Illinois River

Illinois Department of Transportation is closing U.S. 54 near Louisiana, Missouri due to floodwaters.

Rising floodwaters will soon cut off access to Missouri along U.S. 54 in Pike County, Illinois.  (Photo by Blake Roderick)
Rising floodwaters will soon cut off access to Missouri along U.S. 54 in Pike County, Illinois. (Photo by Blake Roderick)
Published on: Apr 19, 2013

Record flooding is expected this weekend along the Illinois River, and near-record floods are forecast along the Mississippi River following heavy rains Wednesday and Thursday.

 Seven Mississippi River locks between Muscatine, Iowa, and Saverton, Missouri, are expected to close beginning today as the rain-swollen waterway rises above flood stage, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday.

The closures of Locks 16 through 22 will effectively shut the river to commercial navigation from central Iowa to northern Missouri.

The river is forecast to crest at those locations on Sunday or Monday, according to National Weather Service river forecasts.

RFD Radio's Al Jarand spoke with Pike-Scott County Farm Bureau manager Blake Roderick about the flooding in his area.