Businesses prepare for flooding from Illinois River

Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 22:26:32-05

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Major flooding is projected from the Illinois River. Emergency Management officials are urging residents along the water to prepare now.

A handful of employees at War Eagle Resort hauled equipment away from the camp ground area, including dozens of canoes, life jackets, paddles, and trailers.

They also moved the buses and vehicles away from the water so nothing gets damaged or trapped in the rising water.

"Try to strip the buildings as much as possible to save the furniture and appliances and if the water gets in there that means removal of the outside wood the interior putting new insulation in so there’s no mold," said Joyce Blackwell, Co-Owner of War Eagle Resort.

Blackwell says they don't hesitate to take action when there's word of possible flooding in the area.

They learned from experience to not mess with Mother Nature.

The Illinois River is projected to crest Sunday morning at about 20 feet.

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