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Wary of floods, Caterpillar to shut E. Peoria site

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar will shut down its East Peoria campus Sunday to protect its workers and equipment from possible flooding as the level of the overflowing Illinois River continues to rise.

Company spokesman Jim Dugan tells the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/XNcMSj ) that the heavy equipment maker made the decision "out of an abundance of caution."

In the Peoria area, the Illinois River is expected to crest Tuesday at 30 feet.

About 6,800 employees will be affected by the company's decision.

Dugan says Caterpillar is making plans for support and management staff based in East Peoria to work from remote locations.

Residents and businesses all along the Illinois River and its tributaries are preparing for the possibility of more flooding after this week's heavy rainstorms.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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