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Flood problems continue in downstate Illinois

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Weeks after heavy rains hit Illinois, flooding problems continue to plague areas southwest of Chicago.

More than 200 families are still displaced in Marseilles and clean-up is still in its infancy.

Senator Dick Durbin toured the flooded areas in and around Marseilles and the Illinois River. He looked over the damaged homes and the work that’s being done to repair the dam which was hit by seven barges back in mid-April during that historic flooding.

Victims are hoping to get some help with flood clean up — and more importantly to many — answers about the futures of their homes and properties.

On April 18,  the seven barges slammed into the dam in the midst of strong currents during that massive storm.

Some 1,500 people were evacuated just a short while beforehand as the water level neared historic highs.

Many residents say when the barges hit the dam.  It worsened the already growing flood problem, pushing feet of water into many homes.

Those living along the water say they are now being told the Army Corp of Engineers will be taking over part of their land – the easement along the water – to shore up the levee.

FEMA was in the area over weekend, assessing the damage.

Starting Saturday, the Marseilles navigation pool will be lowered about 4 feet so crews can continue working on the dike.

At that point, no pleasure boats will be allowed in that part of the river.

That could last anywhere from 3 to 5 days.

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