The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Watch, effective from 12 noon Friday thru midday Sunday.
Precipitation is expected throughout the weekend that will bring hazardous travel conditions...especially on bridges, overpasses and untreated roads. Sidewalks will also become very slippery. Ice could cause power outages and damage trees.
This (Thursday) morning’s freezing rain finds much of Kankakee and eastern Will Counties under a blanket of ice and flooded roadways. Some reports of more than an inch and a-half of freezing rain led to slide-offs and rollover accidents.
The weather advisory was in place thru mid-morning. A Grundy County motorist was killed in a mishap on Illinois Route 113. The driver hit a tree after losing control.
In Indiana, I-65 near Lowell was closed late Wednesday afternoon after two semi-trailers collided near State Road 2. One driver veered off the road and hit another semi that was parked on the shoulder.
The 2nd Annual Brett Barragree Memorial Fundraiser is currently accepting contributions to “Support Continuing Education for Area 1st Responders”.
Brett Barragree was a passionate first responder for 20 years of his short life. Brett was not only a firefighter, paramedic, and Coast Guard veteran, but he was a Basic EMT trainer both at Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) and while in the U. S. Coast Guard.
This 2nd Annual Fundraiser intends to use Brett's accomplishments as a catalyst to continue to inspire others. In addition to his years in the Coast Guard, Brett worked with and was deeply involved with four local first response units at various times in his career... the Watseka Fire Department, the IMH EMS program, the Woodland Fire Department, & the Riverside Ambulance Service. All funds donated during this fundraiser will be administered by the four above units to provide tuition funds to be used to help area residents wanting to enter or move up in the firefighter and/or paramedic fields. The awards can be used for beginning as well as continuing education in the chosen fields.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to accept contributions for this worthwhile program. To donate, please go to “gofundme.com” and type Brett Barragree or just “1st responders fund” into the search window. Brett’s fundraiser should come up first on the list.
The American Red Cross says blood donations dropped significantly in recent weeks, leading to a severe shortage. The organization is issuing an emergency call for people to donate blood and platelets. Blood drives are scheduled across northern Illinois. Check the Red Cross website www.redcrossblood.org.
A local opportunity to donate is Thursday, January 12th at the Danforth Community Center. The hours are 12 Noon to 6 pm.
A proposal to issue Watseka water bills to residents on a monthly basis will go the full City Council later this month. The Public Works committee voted (Tuesday) to read meters and issue monthly statements to make it easier for residents to manage the 50% fee increase that started in November.
Alderman Dennis Cahoe suggested the monthly routine would be better for people, to help them manage their finances. The city has been working with ERH Enterprises to issue billing statements every two months.