Morgan County Under A Flash Flood Warning

By Benjamin Cox on May 1, 2019 at 11:48am

Morgan County’s Flash Flood Watch has been upgraded by the National Weather Service to a Flood Warning, with multiple areas in the county impacted by flooded waterways.

Portions of IL Route 104 at Rees Station have been closed, blocking vehicles heading southeast from Jacksonville to Franklin.

IL Route 78 north of Jacksonville from Oak Street to Baldwin Road at Mauvistarre Creek is closed. District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek is currently awaiting word from officials about re-routing school bus routes Wednesday afternoon.

Locally, the town brook has caused some local streets to be flooded. Although little additional rainfall is expected through Wednesday afternoon, water will slowly recede with more rain expected Thursday. Please take extra precautions while driving local roadways. Turn around, don’t drown on flooded roadways.

To the west, flood waters are also impacting Barry, Pittsfield, portions of Brown County and Quincy further to the northwest. Meredosia is under a flood warning until 9:30PM this evening according to the National Weather Service. Meredosia’s flooding forecast has been upgraded from minor to major by NOAA. Meredosia’s flood stage is suspected to crest around 25.4 feet on Tuesday next week. Meredosia’s flood stage is 17 feet. With the flooding along the Illinois River, Meredosia can expect the following events over the next 5 days: the City of Meredosia will plug sewer drains, Beach Road will flood near Shady Acres, Chambers Road south of Naples will flood, Cargill in Florence will begin flood fighting activities, unloading operations shut down at Ameren in Meredosia, Florence’s low roads will be immersed, Little Creek Lake & Dam and Swan Lake & Dam will begin flood fighting activities, and County Roads 1625E and 1675E north of Meredosia will also flood. Flood stage was currently at 17.7 feet at 11AM Wednesday May 1.

Cass and Scott County flood warnings expired at 11AM Wednesday May 1. However, the entire WLDS/WEAI listening area remains under a Flood Watch until 7PM Wednesday evening.