Illinois River Flood

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, January 19 2012 at 6:07 PM, Updated: Thu, January 19 2012 at 6:52 PM

Flood waters are forcing residents in the Illinois Valley to seek higher ground.

The rainfall has been relentless. In  a matter of hours, water levels have gone up, past the rivers edge. Mountain man r-v park in Cave Junction, is no stranger to flooding but for some of their residents, this time it's too close for comfort. People were forced to higher ground, and some came   close to being flooded out. Some only had 30 minutes before mother nature routed a destructive path of Next door to the r-v park one man, checking-in on his girlfriends home says the river is has been getting closer by the minute. Parts of the Illinois River are past flood stage and it got there in only a matter of  hours. These water levels are expected to go down four feet by 10 p.m. tonight but will continue to fluctuate. For more information, log on to the National Weather Service Websites' Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service. (AHPS)

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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