Update provided by ESDA director on Hillview flooding

By Gary Scott on July 20, 2015 at 1:09pm

Flooding on the Eldred-Hillview Blacktop on Sunday. Photo from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Officials say floodwaters have receded “somewhat” in the Greene County town of Hillview.

The majority of residents in the Illinois River town were evacuated Sunday morning following a levee breach on Hurricane Creek, which feeds into the river. Cale Hoesman, the emergency services director for Greene County, updated the situation this morning on WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?”

“The main problem right now is that breach caused a water main break, so this village has had to shut off  water to like half of their customers,”  says Hoesman.

Host: “How much effort is it going to take to get this levee repaired now that there’s a breach in it, is this going to take a while?”

“We’re assuming so, we’re having a meeting with the Corps of Engineers, IEMA, the Department of Natural Resources,” Hoesman says.

“There are several state agencies and local agencies that will have to be involved to figure out what needs to be done, and how it needs to be done.

Hoesman says nearly everyone who was evacuated from Hillview has been allowed to return to their homes.

He says all major roads in Greene County are open today, but as of 10:30 this morning, there were still township road closures, as well as the county road going into Hillview.

You can hear the full interview by visiting the “What’s On Your Mind?” section of our website.