Watseka knows all too well what flooding is all about. And right now, local officials are in stand-by mode but ready to respond just in case.
Several Iroquois County roads, county and township routes, in the southern parts were flooding last night (Thur). Road crews in Stockland Township placed barricades and warning signs. The Woodland area, south of Watseka, had flooded roads.
County Highway Engineer Joel Moore said run-off from farm fields is the issue. The flooding was on even roads that don't usually pose problems.
Moore reminds motorists to find another route if they come across water on their route.
Talk of flooding can make Watseka residents pretty nervous, especially when discussion about the record-flooding of 2008 resurfaces.
Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte says 'don't panic, but just do what's necessary.' Most people in the county-seat know they need to take precautions.
The rapid melt of all the snow and possibility of more heavy rain prompts caution.
In that 2008 flood, Watseka required mutual aid from surrounding fire department sin evacuating some 525 people from their flooded homes.