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River level will be reduced at Morris

Necessary for work on Marseilles dam

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 9:26 a.m. CDT

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District has indicated a possible hazardous condition with the Illinois River.

The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with a drawdown of the Illinois River water level in the Morris area. The reason for the drawdown is to facilitate construction activity at the Marseilles Dam.

Depending on the amount of drawdown, this may create a very low water level within the river channel.

This condition may create an attraction for persons wanting to wander into the possibly exposed river bed.

“We ask citizens to resist this temptation,” said Fire Chief Tracey Steffes. “The river bed may be littered with dangerous objects or a person may become entrapped in the mud and create a life threatening situation for both the victim and the rescuers.

“Once again we ask every citizen to please respect these conditions.”

The drawdown is expected to start Saturday, May 11. This condition will remain until the completion of the construction activities at the dam.

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