Wind, rain causing multiple issues throughout county

By Jim McCabe on February 20 at 7:47pm

Box truck overturned on Route 267, courtesy Michael Shelor.

Tornadoes aren’t the only thing causing problems weather-wise in West Central Illinois.

Strong winds blew a box truck on its side on Route 267 at Midland Road in the southern part of Morgan County at around 4:45 p.m. The road was closed for several hours while crews worked to pull the truck up, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The load portion of the truck was pushed to the side of the road but is being left there for now because of the winds. Officials say the road re-opened by 7 p.m.

There was also a truck overturned across the road on Route 125 in Cass County, according to our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20.

The wind began causing power outages around 5:30. Ameren reported over nearly 400 outages between Jacksonville and New Berlin earlier this evening. As of 9:00, that number is down to about 100 outages in the Jacksonville area. Officials tell us a fallen tree downing a power line and a knocked-over pole were the causes, and expect power to be fully restored by around 11:00 this evening.

Morgan, Cass, Scott, and Sangamon Counties are under a High Wind Warning until 3 a.m.

Portions of Route 104 in Morgan County have been experiencing flooding this evening. IDOT says the Rees Station portion of the highway was closed for about an hour, although listeners tell us the road has re-opened.

Updated at 9:20 p.m.