Business owners along Illinois River keeping eye on flooding

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Updated: 4/24/2013 9:03 am Published: 4/23/2013 10:56 pm

Business owners along the Illinois River are continuing to cleanup debris after the river flooded last week.

"Whole trees where coming down the river," said Sparrow Head Camp owner Gene Ellis.

He showed FOX23’s Dontaye Carter pictures of the damage caused by the flood.
"You can obviously see right here the bank washes out every time it floods and I’m about to lose some of the bank here," Ellis said.

He says they’ve needed the rain, but the flooding has added an even bigger mess to clean up. For the past week, he’s been cleaning out trees from the river.

The recent rain could bring even more flooding to communities along the Illinois River.

"We had a couple of inches of rain that fell within an hour," said Ed Fite with the Oklahoma Scenic River Commission.

He says they are keeping a close eye on the rain this week hoping he won't see anything like he did last week.

"Some of the appliances that had been dumped years pasted in ravines adjacent to highway 10 corridor actually washed those across the corridor and across the highway to the river," said Fite.

He's hoping floods won't be a repeat problem.

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