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Floodwater sends barges slamming into Illinois dam

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 3:00 p.m. CST

MARSEILLES (AP) — Rapid currents from this week's heavy rainstorms tore seven cargo barges away from a towing vessel and sent them slamming into a dam along the Illinois River at Marseilles.

The Coast Guard says the dam sustained minor damage in Thursday night's incident but there were no reports of breaches in the structure or surrounding levees. No one was injured.

A Coast Guard news release says floodwater was at record levels and water was flowing over the levees.

Authorities evacuated as many as 1,500 residents of the northern city.

Connie Brooks of the LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency says the residents, including those in a nursing home, were evacuated late Thursday night.

She says there is expected to be more flooding but she did not anticipate further evacuations.

 

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