Iroquois County: update on flooding, power outages
The continuing rains and winds have played havoc on conditions in Iroquois County and the surrounding areas today (Monday). Some roads are closed, others have standing water, power interruptions are being dealt with, and motorists needs to be prepared for changing conditions.
Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood is cautiously optimistic concerning potential flooding; feeling confident the community won't experience anything drastic. He does, however, advise citizens to be prepared, don't wait until you're forced to react. Harwood advises those citizens in low-lying areas to make plans to get to higher ground, if need be.
Citizens can get updated info at cityofwatseka...on facebook.
The Iroquois River is expected to crest Wednesday morning at 22.2 feet. Sugar Creek was listed at 21.11 feet around Noon (Monday) and is likely to crest at 22.5 feet Tuesday.
River-watchers at Milford report usual trouble areas are closed, including 900 N and Township Road 275-A. The Route 1 viaduct is closed and posted.
Iroquois County Emergency Management (EMA) is reporting the County Road 41 bridge north of Stockland is closed; 2120 E north of Woodland and Blue Bell Bend Road both have water crossing the roadway.
Motorists are urged to find alternate routes if you experience on water on the roads.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUE WINTER TRAVEL ADVISORY
Officials Urge Motorists to Use Caution on Ice and Water Covered Roadways
Illinois State Police officials are reminding motorists of the potentially dangerous road conditions as hazardous weather continues throughout the week. Travel conditions throughout the state are becoming hazardous due to icing on bridges and flooding in low areas.
Speed is a contributing factor for accidents when road conditions are wet and slick. Motorists are urged to reduce speeds and drive with caution and to allow for extra travel time.
Illinois State Police also wants to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. The Move Over Law (Scott's Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible and proceed with due caution.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles and wait for first responders. Motorists involved in crashes that require no emergency care may file a crash report within 10 days at the nearest police station.
Motorists should monitor the road conditions before driving and remember to keep emergency items inside the vehicle. A complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com or by calling 1-800-452-4368.
Tragedy hits a Kankakee family – a 7-year-old girl was killed after a fire consumed a home in Kankakee Saturday morning.
T'niyah Hale was killed and four others were taken to hospitals. Among the injured was the girl's uncle Robert Harris. He tried to get inside the burning home on Washington Avenue to rescue his family.
The fire broke out about 8:30 am Saturday morning. On arrival, firefighters reported there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the 2-story house.