Rivers Rise to Historic Levels along Illinois River

Some parts of Illinois completely underwater.
1:54 | 04/24/13

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about the long list of victims. Just now trying to put their lives back together tonight. Of the 264 patients who were hospitalized, 34 now remain in the hospital. One in critical condition. This evening we take note of a powerful moment going viral from a family trying to raise money for their recovery. The mother and daughter both injured, the mother now a double amputee visited by two marines offering a hug and something else in common -- they are amputees too. He tells her, this is not the end. It's a new beginning. Listen to what she tells him. I can't do anything right now. Right now, yes, but I'm telling you, with all my heart, you are going to be more independent, yknow, than you ever were. That means -- I'm so glad to hear. So powerful. Wiping away her tears as he promises bright days ahead. And tonight offers of help are pouring in to the celeste and sydney recovery fund. We put up a link at our website. In the meantime, we turn to the other major story unfolding tonight, the floods paralyzing the midwest tonight. Let's go right now to alex per on the illinois river for us. Alex? Reporter: Well, david, we are with a special crew along the illinois river measuring the record breaking flood levels. There are crews, like this one, fanned out across the midwest. This river is at a 70 year high in peoria, illinois, where some areas were completely under water. Today residents are just beginning to gauge the damage. There are communities sandbagging as quickly as possible up and down the mississippi shoreline. And you can see just how high the water levels are here on this stretch of the illinois river. Usually boats pass underneath the bridge, clearly that's not possible right now.

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