facebook-logo twitter-logo


Local News

  • Parent Category: News

Watseka Fire, Red Cross assist flood victims

The American Red Cross assisted 22 people at the Trinity Church shelter in Watseka Sunday night.  Additional evacuees were expected to settle in today (Monday) after local residents were forced to leave their homes this morning.  The city of Watseka's north neighborhoods are overwhelmed with flood waters from the downpours Saturday and again this morning. 

Some Watseka residents reported over an inch of rain after today's storm moved through.  There was .85 recorded at WGFA with a Saturday measurement of 3.10 inches.   Gilman, Stockland, Sheldon, Buckingham and Earl Park, Indiana all reported in nexcess of three inches Saturday.

Watseka firemen helped evacuate up to 15 people from their homes Sunday.  Most went to stay with family.  Others were made comfortable at the Trinity Church, where Red Cross spokesman Jim Ward said "there's plenty of room and sleeping cots are available."  

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood said sandbags are available at City Hall (on Brianna Drive).  The sandbags are limited to 50 per household. 


94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Flood and rain just not letting up, Watseka must cope

Our weather situation is making news across Illinois and Indiana today. Another sudden downpour of a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch (this morning) has only added to the saturated, flooded conditions.

At this point, patience is the word – as difficult as that can by for some. The drainage systems are overwhelmed.

The National Weather Service has placed east-central Illinois and north-central Indiana under a moderate risk of severe weather today. And a flash flood watch is posted.

Flood watches/warnings remain in effect for Iroquois and Ford counties, Livingston and Kankakee. Newton, Benton, Jasper, Warren, Fountain, and Parke counties in west-central Indiana are also on the alert.

The City of Watseka is close to an emergency situation. Mayor Bob Harwood tells WGFA News the west Junction at 1/24 was lost Sunday and the north side of town is barricaded.  The mayor said getting into and out of Watseka is difficult; limited routes are open for travel.

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Flash flood warnings extended

Iroquois, Ford, Livingston in Illinois and Newton, Benton and Jasper counties in Indiana remain under flash flood warnings. The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warnings due to runoff from all the rain Wednesday night.

Area emergency management agencies and law enforcement report that several roads remain closed due to flooding from runoff. Anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of heavy rainfall hit the area.

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Historic Farm Days at Penfield

It's an annual event, a family event that showcases farm tractors and equipment. Historic Farm days at Penfield (IL) opened Thursday. It runs thru Sunday and features a parade.

Antique collectors are showing off their tractors with demonstrations. The event has been held since 1978. Nearly 400 tractors are on display in several lots. Some engines date back to the early 1900's.

The event will also feature food, entertainment, flea markets and even a potato-digging demonstration. A sanctioned-tractor pull is part of the fun. And there's a fireworks show Saturday night.

Historic Farm Days is hosted by the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

94.1 WGFA

  • Parent Category: News

Jobs and Money likely with wind farm expansion in Kankakee County

A public hearing before the Kankakee County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider an expansion of the Pilot Hill Wind Farm near Herscher.

The Kelly Creek wind farm project includes 108 counties extending into Ford County.

Kelly Creek will include 108 turbines between the two counties. The current 103 turbines already built in Pilot Hill are part of EDF Development. The parent company, EDF Renewable Development Inc., is seeking a special use permit for the project.

The public hearing is at 6 pm Monday at the Kankakee Public Library.

Delbert Skimmerhorn, Kankakee County planner, said he's expecting a pretty good turnout.

40 landowners in Kankakee County and 70 in Ford County have entered into leases with Kelly Creek to allow the development of the project. The Kankakee County portion will include 33 turbines. The company's application states any potential impact would be to local roads and scattered farm homes in the area.

The public hearing will be the first step in creating any special conditions on the development.
John Baker, EDF's project developer, said the project would create up to 12 permanent jobs locally for maintenance and 39 jobs within the state. The construction project will employ about 120 workers.

Pilot Hill is expected to create between $2 million and $3 million annually in new property tax revenues and lease income to local property owners. A similar figure is expected with Kelly Creek, and will likely exceed it.

94.1 WGFA