Nightly News   |  April 24, 2013

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.

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>>> in the midwest tonight the struggle to contain flooded rivers is into its seventh consecutive day now. the map tells the tale. so many areas are coping with high water now. nbc's john yang with us from peoria, illinois. john, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. the wait has begun tonight. the wait for the illinois river to start dropping from record levels, the highest in 70 years. this wall of 30,000 sandbags kept the water from encroaching any farther on down payment including the headquarters of caterpillar. roads have become rivers, levees overtopped, houses swamped and farmland is under water. now the illinois river here flows very slowly. so it's going to take some time for all this floodwater to clear out of here. one place it will go once it clears is the mississippi river where the illinois river joins north of st. louis. that's going to add to the flooding concerns along that waterway. brian?

>> very tough time in peoria and elsewhere. john, thanks.