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KAMPSVILLE, IL (KPLR) - Towns along the Illinois River have been coping with floodwaters.  In Kampsville the Illinois moved swiftly out of its banks.  Eddie Johnson lives in Kampsville, “It’s coming up pretty good Saturday night it wasn’t even over the road right here.”  He took his 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter for a tour.  They may have seen the fire department surrounded by water; emergency vehicles were parked where it’s high and dry.

Residents said just yesterday a popular restaurant was serving meals.  Now customers cannot get to it with getting wet.  People said they’ve seen flooding conditions much worse in past years.  Johnson added, “We live around here so we’re use to it.”

Highway 100 in Calhoun County was covered by river water.  In Hardin, Illinois flood waters threatened people’s properties. Joseph Pellazari lives in Hardin, “I think we’re pretty well prepared this time we took all the precautions we can take it ain’t going to hit us like it did a couple years ago it got our house pretty bad then.”

The officer for a local car dealership office turned into an island, and the vehicles for sale were parked across the street on a hill.

People like Sara Bourbon and boyfriend, Matt Goodwin, said it’s a perfect time to go fishing.  Bourbon said, “They always come out of the place come around to get little fish or the worms. The little fish are out here but the big fish come out now.”  Goodwin said, “I can walk out my back door and fish.”  That’s because a local creek that usually trickles has become very deep after flood water from the Illinois River backed up into the creek.  Some towns are expecting the river to crest Tuesday.