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Lock repair to close part of Illinois River at least a week: Army Corps

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barge shipping returned to normal this week on most of the Illinois River after spring floods, but lock repairs will halt navigation on a northern stretch for at least a week beginning on Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard said. Full story

Damaged Illinois River lock may hinder barges for weeks

(Reuters) - A northern stretch of the Illinois River, a main artery for shipping bulk commodities to export terminals at the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to remain closed for several weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to repair a lock damaged during recent heavy flooding. Full story

Midwest rivers hit record heights

   The Illinois River has overflowed its banks, but the floodwaters are beginning to recede leaving landslides, swamped homes and farmland in its wake. NBC’s John Yang reports.

Midwest battles dangerous record flooding

   Homes and businesses are underwater throughout the Midwest as heavy rains cause rivers to rise dangerously high. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.

Illinois River may crest Tuesday night

   The Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close eye on the main levee in Peoria, Ill. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Floods to sideline Mississippi River barges at least another week

(Reuters) - Barge shipping on the Illinois River and parts of the Mississippi River will remain impeded until at least early next week as the flood-swollen waterways slowly recede from record- or near-record-high crests, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers. Full story

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Steve Peters, property manager of the Lakeview Apartments, which is surrounded by flood waters from the Illinois River, uses a make shift bridge to access dry land on Wednesday, in Peoria Heights, Ill. The Illinois River finally crested Tuesday at 29.35 feet, eclipsing a 70-year record in Peoria.

The Illinios river rises.
The Illinios river rises.

The Illinois River rises out of it's banks flooding businesses and homes Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Spring Bay Ill. Floodwaters are rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois.