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Rushville sandbagging to protect water system

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RUSHVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) -

The rising Illinois River has brought up concerns about Rushville's water system.

Dozens were at the Schuyler County fairgrounds Saturday, working to fill 3,000-4,000 sandbags to protect water wells near town.

"They're southeast a little bit of Rushville, across the bridge from Beardstown, and they're running an aquifer down there and that's what we're trying to protect so we have drinkable water for the city of Rushville," said alderman Kent Cox.

Among the sandbaggers was state Senator John Sullivan. He says he's proud of his hometown. 

"It really makes everybody feel good when there's a disaster like this and the community needs help and you get a request and 20, 30, 40, 50 people show up," Sullivan said. "Some of them have been here since 8 o'clock this morning. I got here at nine, and you know, it makes you feel good," he said.

Sullivan says various state agencies like the Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Transportation have been working hard to keep the water back before the flooding situation gets worse.

Rushville isn't the only community in the Tri-States keeping an eye on the rising Illinois River. Communities along the river such as Meredosia, Naples and Valley City are also keeping a very tight watch on river levels, which are expected to reach record crests over the next week.

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