- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials in Peoria say the city has spent about $720,000 to prevent Illinois River flooding in the last month.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1HMJOEG ) that Public Works Director Mike Rogers informed the Peoria City Council of the costs on Tuesday night. The figure includes labor, materials, contractor expenses and equipment. If costs due to storm damage in early June are added the total comes to about $913,000.

The money has gone toward a 1,500-foot-long, sand and canvas temporary wall that has been constructed along the river.

The river was at 24 1/2 feet on Tuesday night. Flood stage is 18 feet.

Rogers suggested a more permanent solution would be a portable barrier made partially of aluminum. It would cost more than $2 million.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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