Sunday Update: March 2, 2014
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through midnight Sunday. Snowfall amounts will range from 4-7 inches. Blowing snow and decreased temps will also become a factor. Travel has become hazardous.
Area municipalities are advising citizens that emergency snow routes have been implemented. Vehicles will have to be removed from city/village streets to allow snow plows to clear routes.
Snow routes will be in effect at least through Monday.
Emergency routes will have priority. Motorists are warned to slow down and move over for all emergency vehicles.
Two roads in Iroquois County were closed to traffic Friday afternoon; several others are posted warning drivers of potential danger.
County Highway 41, coming out of Stockland, was closed due to flooding, according to Highway Engineer Joel Moore. The Cissna Park slab, west of Goodwine, was also a big safety concern.
Moore said the biggest worry is more freezing conditions and what could happen if the flood waters turn to ice.
At least seven other rural intersections are posted with ‘Warning” signs, letting drivers know about the flooding.
Run-off from farm fields was creating flooding on roads that don’t really pose flood concerns. Some of the marked sites improved Friday while others were created by new flooding. Motorists are urged to obey posted signs and seek another route.
Kempton Roads and Route 115 south of Roberts were also reported to be water and ice covered and very dangerous.
THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A FLOOD ADVISORY FOR THE IROQUOIS RIVER.
IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR FORESMAN AFFECTING NEWTON COUNTY… IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR CHEBANSE AFFECTING IROQUOIS & KANKAKEE COUNTIES
.A COMBINATION OF RAIN & SNOWMELT CONTINUES TO RESULT IN RISES ON AREA RIVERS. SOME RIVERS WERE ICE AFFECTED AND EXPERIENCING ELEVATED WATER LEVELS DUE TO ICE. UNLIKE TYPICAL RIVER FLOODING.ICE JAM FLOODING IS VERY LOCALIZED.
SAFETY MESSAGE…IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY.TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/CHICAGO.
1015 PM CST SAT FEB 22 2014
THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A FLOOD ADVISORY FOR THE IROQUOIS RIVER NEAR CHEBANSE.
* FROM LATE TONIGHT TO LATE MON NIGHT.
* AT 945 PM SAT THE STAGE WAS 14.6 FEET.
* ACTION STAGE IS 15.0 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 16.0 FEET.
* IMPACT.AT 16.0 FEET.AGRICULTURAL LAND & SOME OUTBUILDINGS NEAR THE RIVER BEGIN TO BE AFFECTED BY FLOODWATERS.
Flooded roads reported in southern sections
A word of caution for area motorists: flooded roadways are posing treacherous driving conditions in east-central Illinois and parts of Indiana.
Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum and District 10 (Pesotum) are urging motorists to use extreme caution during their travels tonight and into Friday. Flooded roads from rain and thawing snow are being reported in many areas. Standing water on low-lying roads have township officials posting signs and barricades. Several counties have reported flooded roads.
Iroquois County Highway Supervisor Joel Moore reports Stockland Township highway crews have put up barricades. The Woodland area and several routes in the southern parts of the county are experiencing run-off from farm fields. Moore says many roads not usually flood-prone are experiencing flooded conditions.
As always if you experience a flooded road, turn around and find another route.
Flooding-related driving tips:
” Do not drive through flooded areas
” If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so. It could be fatal.
” If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground
Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicles with their lights activated on the roadways. Authorized emergency vehicles include police, fire, EMS, and other emergency vehicles. It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible, and reduce your speed. Move over and slow down.
A flood watch has been issued for a portion of East Central Illinois from late Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon. The counties included in the flood watch are Champaign, DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, Vermilion, Ford and Iroquois.
The National Weather Service said one to 1.5 inches of rain is expected. Combine that with the ongoing snow melt and flooding is expected to occur. You’re advised to not drive over flooded roads and secure outdoor items so they are not washed away.