Route 78 and 104 in Morgan County remain shut down this morning

By Gary Scott on December 29, 2015 at 7:06am

Despite the rain ending, there are several road closures to tell you about this morning due to flooding in West Central Illinois.

In Morgan County, Route 78 north of Jacksonville and Route 104 at Rees Curve are still closed this morning. The good news is, East Morton Avenue in Jacksonville has re-opened after closing last night.

In Greene County, several roads, including the Eldred-Hillview blacktop, the Berdan-Wrights road, and Providence Road are still shut down, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Emergency officials in Greene County told the Jacksonville Journal-Courier the Hurricane Creek levee broke around noon yesterday at the same spot that caused residents in Hillview to be evacuated over the summer after that town flooded out.

Still, floodwaters entered several Hillview homes yesterday as a result of the levee breach.

In Scott County, officials say portions of the Glasgow-Winchester blacktop are closed, as well as Naples Road near Bluffs.

There were no road closures reported in Cass County.

We measured 1.6 inches of rain at the WLDS-WEAI recording station this morning, going back to yesterday morning. That makes for a total of just under five inches of rain since the rain began over the weekend.

Due to flooding and winter weather threats throughout the state, the Illinois Emergency Operations Center in Springfield has been activated and has already responded, although not locally.