Water level topping out soon in Chillicothe

Marianne Gillespie

The rising water of the flood of 2008 may be coming to an end as the river is cresting now (around 3 p.m.) in Henry at 30.9 feet.

That number will not be a record for Henry as its highest was 32.67 feet in March 1979.

According to the National Weather Service Bureau in Lincoln, the water will stay at the level for the next 12 hours.

Specific numbers are not available for Chillicothe, except that when the river reaches 26.5 feet, some homes in Rome and Chillicothe become isolated, which already has occurred.

In Peoria, the river is expected to crest Saturday morning at 27.2 feet.