Illinois River Concerns

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Updated: 5/24/2013 11:21 pm Published: 5/24/2013 11:16 pm

Business owners along Illinois River are keeping a close eye on Mother Nature this weekend.

FOX23 learned Friday too much rain could spoil a good weekend.

The Oklahoma Scenic River Commission says they are hoping they won't see any rain in the next 24 hours to give the river time to level off.

Currently, the river is just above average at five and a half feet.

"The only concern you know is right now the river is coming off a really good rise and bar no more rain it ought to continue to drop," said Archie Peyton, Owner of Peyton's Place.

He's owned  rental cabin, canoeing and rafting business for 46 years. Last year, When we covered the river it barely hit three feet.

"At this point the river is going to be a good river this year," said Peyton.

The only concern now is some parts of the river might be too deep for children under ten to float.

"We don't have anyone that's real young. We came down here and took a look before we paid anything," said Cheere Walker, who will be spending the weekend on the river.

"We have all adults. We don't have any young kids with us. I have a little girl that's going to be made she can't come," said David Walker, Cheere's father.

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Unwashed Mass - 5/30/2013 11:46 AM
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Over-enforcement of minor beer violations are killing this.

kathytaylor - 5/25/2013 10:15 PM
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scarlet - 5/25/2013 9:22 AM
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If it's not safe for a 10 yrs. old then why is it safe for an 11 yr old? Some kids are better swimmers and are taller than adults.??
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