The Illinois River continues to rise around Chillicothe and Rome and may affect where the Fourth of July fireworks display will be for Chillicotheans.


The Illinois River continues to rise around Chillicothe and Rome and may affect where the Fourth of July fireworks display will be for Chillicotheans.

The river will continue rising for the next few days. It is expected to crest Sunday afternoon in Henry and Sunday night in Peoria, according to the National Weather Service.

On the Chillicothe riverfront, the parking lots were not completely covered with water Thursday afternoon. The area is where many residents watch the view of the fireworks launched from the island. The island is under several feet of water.

Chillicothe 4th of July Committee chairman Steve Maurer said Monday a contingency plan was being made due to the flooding.

Moderate flooding is expected, according to the National Weather Service. The flood warning continues as flood stage in Peoria is 18 feet. As of 9:30 a.m. today, the stage was at 21.5 feet.

It is expected by early Monday morning the stage will be 23.1 feet. At 23 feet, damage to homes in Rome begins and water is over some of the roads.