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The Nation

March 12, 1985

Rainfall halted the retreat of the bloated Illinois River, keeping hundreds of flood-weary evacuees from returning home, while Illinois declared 10 more ravaged counties disaster areas. Weekend surveys of the 272-mile channel boosted to about 2,700 the number of people believed to have fled their homes. That figure is 1,000 higher than estimates last week when the river peaked at 28.4 feet, 10.4 feet above Peoria's 18-foot flood stage.

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