Slowly but surely roads are being reopened as river water recedes.
Route 351 in La Salle was reopened Thursday afternoon. Route 71 is also back open between south Ottawa and Deer Park Township. Route 18 over the Illinois River in Henry is still closed to traffic. In Bureau County, the Route 29 interchange on northbound Interstate 180 just past Hennepin is closed because of flooding.
In Peru, Water Street remains closed from Putnam Street to the city’s eastern border. And, the Bottom Road is closed from Cedar Creek Hill west to the Putnam County Line. Also, at last word, Dee Bennett Road in Utica remains closed. Early Thursday highway officials in La Salle County did reopen the Sheridan Blacktop and DuPont Road near Seneca.