PEORIA — Those wanting barbecue and a stiff drink are in luck.
The flooded Illinois River has receded enough to allow the reopening of Martini's and Blue Duck, the two businesses in the River Station building that have been closed for days.
William Lewis, the city's interim public works director, said the river had dropped enough to allow the building to reopen. The area is still surrounded by a sandbag wall, but customers are able to get into the businesses.
Lewis said recent rain caused the river, which had crested Monday afternoon at 28 feet and has since been falling, to "inch up a bit." As of late Friday night, the river level was 27 feet. Lewis said it was expected to stay at that level until the end of the weekend.
Cleanup in Downtown Peoria should begin in earnest next week as the water recedes further.