Water rises above levee in Henderson County

Major flooding began occurring in Henderson County when river levels rose over the levee.

According to the a dispatcher with the Henderson County Sheriff’s office sandbags that had been placed on top of the levee in Oquawka, Illinois were washed out on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River levels at Gladstone, near Oquawka, were more than 7-feet over the flood stage on Sunday. Major flooding is expected to continue through today.

A spokesperson with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said 6-8 homes were affected.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s office said that homes had become surrounded by water and one business had water seep inside.

Water is forecast to rise to 22-feet on Sunday and then begin falling.

It is expected that plans are to wait until Monday before crews begin pumping water out of the village.

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