Many times, flooding along the Illinois River can be predicted up to a week in advance, giving ample warning for preparation and evacuation. However, in the event of a flash flood due a large rain event, you may be the first to notice the oncoming situation and have only hours to execute your plan. You can view Real-time Flood Gauge data of the Illinois River to track current water level and flood predictions.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. Two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
- You should turn off gas and electricity at the main switch.
- You should stay away from power lines and electrical lines.
- You should be alert for gas leaks.
Preparing for a Flood
The Peoria County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) will issue flood watches or warnings as appropriate through television and radio stations.
Before the next flood take the time to prepare a Disaster Supply Kit and make a Family Communications Plan in the event you are separated or need to evacuate.
Stay safe during and after a flood by following important tips provided by Ready website.