'I don't remember the flooding getting like this even in 2016'
The Illinois River at Morris came within 0.05 feet of the flood record Tuesday morning, and the good news for Marseilles residents is that the river is on its way down.
The river crested at 24.85 feet — just short of the record of 24.9 feet.
Marseilles Mayor Jim Hollenbeck said some residents on Commercial Street had water in their backyards and up to their back doors.
"From what I've heard, it didn't get inside," Hollenbeck said.
Marseilles police monitored the river levels overnight and kept residents updated on its Facebook page. A mandatory evacuation was not called.
Barriers are set up on Commercial Street until the river levels go down, Hollenbeck said.
"We've done a lot of work as a city over the last couple of years to help with flooding and it's really paid off," Hollenbeck said. "(Monday) night was an example of it."
Hollenbeck said, with as wet as it is, and how slowly as it takes for the river to go down, they'll still be monitoring the situation.
Marseilles resident Mike Bibby drove past the Marseilles ball diamonds on Commercial Street and stopped to grab a photo of the flooding.
"Everything backed up so quick," Bibby said. "If we can just go a week and a half or so without any backwater we'll be OK. I've lived here in town through both of the big floods and this is not quite as bad but it's surprising to see."
Bibby lives on the hill now but he's experienced the floods before when he was living near Main Street.
"After dealing with the flooding before I told myself I wasn't ever going to buy in the lower 40," Bibby said.
Bob Scutt drove by as well, another Marseilles resident who has lived through many floods.
Scutt's home was one affected by the 2016 flooding.
"I don't remember the flooding getting like this even in 2016," Scutt said. "I've seen the baseball field flooded before but I've never seen the concession stand covered like it is."
Scutt pointed to a red building with a bulletin board and shuddered windows; water stood about three feet up it's side.