Volunteers needed for sandbagging on Illinois R.

By Gary Scott on June 22, 2015 at 3:22pm

Emergency services officials are preparing to start sandbagging efforts along the Illinois River tomorrow.

Thunderstorms and significant rainfall over the last several days have resulted in flooding along the river.

At Meredosia, the latest information as of Monday afternoon had the river at 24.5 feet, which is a half-foot above the beginning of major flood state. The river is currently projected to crest at 25.2 feet and stay above the major flood stage threshold until at least next Monday.

Conditions could worsen if the thunderstorms predicted every day through Friday by the National Weather Service happen.

According to a press release, Morgan County Emergency Services officials will begin sandbagging operations in Meredosia Tuesday morning at 8:00 and is requesting anyone available to volunteer to report to the village park on Main Street.

Volunteers need to be dressed for the weather with protective footwear; gloves would be helpful.