History may have just been made in Illinois, and not the good kind of history either. Early reports are that around 12:30 this afternoon the official observation at Rock Island Arsenal recorded a river height of 22.64 ft - eclipsing the iconic record of 22.63 ft set on July 9th, 1993.
The record rains are a combination of heavy snow melt from a snowy winter across the northern and central plains and recent heavy spring rains. It is possible the levels could inch up just a little bit more and the official forecast calls for a crest at levels above the previous record.
The good news for residents tired of battling these floodwaters is that dry weather is expected this weekend. Unfortunately, more heavy rains look to arrive early next week as the next weather system approaches the area. The residents along the Mississippi River undoubtedly have a long road ahead of them.
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