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About 6 homes evacuated as sandbagging effort keeps floodwaters at bay in Meredosia


MEREDOSIA, Illinois — Only a handful of homes have been evacuated since an effort began last week to establish a 3-foot sandbag wall along the levee of the Illinois River in a western Illinois village.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1KAVv6I ) reports that the river surpassed its 1943 record of 28.7 feet on Wednesday and rose to more than 28.8 feet on Thursday.

Phil McCarty, director of the Jacksonville-Morgan County Office of Emergency Management, says the water has reached the first foot of the sandbag wall in some parts of Meredosia. At least six homes have been evacuated, but McCarty says more than 75 percent of the town would've been cleared if the wall wasn't there.

Village President Jim Rausch says the main goal of the sandbagging effort is to preserve homes.

Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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