Missing boater near Coal City, search resumes today
Rescue crews plan to resume the search for a missing boater presumed drowned in the Illinois River near Coal City. The unidentified woman, in her 20's, was part of a group of boaters who experienced engine problems Sunday neat the Dresden Lock and Dam.
Conservation officials say when the debris stalled the boat's engine, they tried to swim to safety and were swept beneath the gate. Three of the people who went overboard were rescued.
The three survivors were treated at Morris Community Hospital.
Over five-inches of rain in Indiana has prompted the NWS to issue flooding warnings for communities impacted by the Iroquois River. Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches in the last 24 hours in Benton and Newton Counties has roads under water. Motorists are warned to avoid flooded routes and seek an alternate road.
The NWS reports up to another inch of rain could fall yet before tapering off late this morning.
A Flood Warning is in effect for Northern Benton, southern Jasper, southern Newton and southeastern Iroquois counties.
Kankakee Police are reporting the discovery of a man's body behind a dumpster this morning. The man's body was found around 5 am. Then dead man is identified as 46-year-old Walter Baker of Kankakee. An investigation revealed the man appears to have been beaten to death.
Storm clean-up in Clifton, Crescent City continues; no injury reported
Ashkum, Woodland, farm fields damaged
The sounds of chain saws pretty popular Sunday in Iroquois County.
Clean-up operations were underway in Clifton and Crescent City following a severe Saturday afternoon storm that toppled trees, tore down power lines and power poles, damaged some homes, and ripped apart several farm fields.
The NWS is expected to review damaged areas today (Mon).
What's fortunate is that there were no injuries reported. Crescent City Mayor Jim Ward said 'there was no advance warning for people' Ward said no one sounded emergency sirens, adding "that's the job of emergency management."
The NWS was tracking the storm from Grundy County. It moved into Kankakee County, threatening Bradley and Bourbonnais (forcing a high school summer football game to be postponed) then into the Herscher area and threatening the Chebanse-Clifton area in Iroquois County.
The NWS extended the 'warning' to the Ashkum, Danforth, Crescent City and Watseka areas too. Heavy rain, damaging winds, damaging hail pelted homes, farm fields and inflicted serious damage to a large building at the former Sea Sprite Boat factory property, along Rt 24 west of Watseka. Several poles and power lines came down.
Crescent-Iroquois Fire Chief Scott Schroeder said the storm was tracked thru town. Power lines were down, power was off 'til 11:30 pm. A gas leak was reported. Trees and lines were down, vehicles and homes were damaged. Mutual aid was provided by Gilman, Danforth and Ashkum. The MABAS Division 37 also provided help.
The Village of Clifton was a mess Sunday. Chebanse Township Fire Chief and Village Maintenance Manager Tim Kent described the damage, saying trees and power lines came down, roads were closed, and vehicles were damaged.
But Kent also said the response for help was great. "road districts, villages and private people and businesses all stepped it up."
Bagpipes and Drums performing at Bourbonnais Friendship Parade
Coach Barclay to lead Festival parade
The 2014 Friendship Festival at Bourbonnais is set for Wednesday running thru the weekend. Several activities highlight the annual festival.
The bagpipes and drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department are set to march and perform in the festival parade, Sunday, June 29th. The bagpipes and drums are a special appearance to honor fallen Bourbonnais Police Officer Justin Honeycutt.. he died in an auto accident last year.
The Emerald Band has performed at police and firefighter memorials throughout the country for 30 years. Grand Marshall for the Festival Parade is retired Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School teacher and coach Doug Barclay. He spent 36 years at BBCHS, where he taught physical education, chaired the P.E. Department and coached football, track and wrestling.