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Kaskaskia River is dropping, Carlyle Lake to recede soon

Flooding at the Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area. The floodwaters spilled over its banks into several small fishing lakes in the area. The river and lakes are now one.
Flooding at the Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area. The floodwaters spilled over its banks into several small fishing lakes in the area. The river and lakes are now one. News-Democrat

More waterways are beginning to recede from historic flood levels as the Mississippi River continues to recede.

New Athens Police Lt. Tim Buehler said the Kaskaskia River, a tributary of the Mississippi, has been falling.

“It has crested,” Buehler said. “The river looks like it is receded by about 4 feet.”

Carlyle Lake is anticipated to crest by Saturday night. Park ranger Jody Harris, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the lake should crest at 458.7 feet late Saturday. If conditions remain stable, the Corps may begin releasing water that has been held back by the lake’s dam.

“Hopefully we can start releasing water,” Harris said. “Barring any rain, we look good right now and so far everything is almost at a standstill right now.”

The Mississippi River reached 48.9 feet Friday night.

Will Buss: 618-239-2526, @WillBussBND

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