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The Illinois River begins to make its slow journey back down across most of the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on June 18, 2015

Thanks to a slowdown in heavy rain, the Illinois River is on its way down in most spots.

The river in La Salle Thursday morning is eight feet above flood stage but crested last night, a full six feet below the record level set in 2013.

In Ottawa, the Illinois is about four feet above flood stage but it’s gone down nearly a foot in the last 24 hours.

In Marseilles, the river has went down by a half foot in the last 24 hours while in Utica the river is still about 10 feet above flood stage but it crested last evening.

Downstream in Henry the Illinois is around five feet above flood stage and is expected to go up another foot before cresting early this weekend.

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