Flooding in Peoria, Ill

The Illinois River, which normally sits at around 12 feet, crested at over 29 feet in April and broke all previous flood records. While downtown Peoria saw a lot of water, it was the smaller towns along the river that felt the effects of the flooding the worst.
Some homes had been rebuilt in the mid 2000's with all living areas being on the second floor above a garage, but most of the older homes had basements full with water and could not begin pumping until the water receded on its own.
The people of Peoria were incredibly welcoming to this stranger with a camera and I can only wish the best for all those I met and those dealing with losses from the flood.