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|Flooding Leaves Lots of Standing Water on Roads and in Fields to the Dismay of Farmers and Motorists
|POSTED 7:30 a-m 5/16/09 Illinois farmers already concerned about a wet spring that has slowed corn planting got more bad weather Friday in the form of significant flooding that forced area motorists to use alternate routes to get to where they were going.
More than four inches of rain fell in some parts of the state, resulting in flash flooding on several roads and streets. That certainly was the case in Galesburg, where about five inches of rain fell in a 17 hour period from Friday into early Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings and watches for more than 10 counties in central and west central Illinois, including Fulton and Peoria counties. However, it was the deluge of rain that caused the most problems and resulted in numerous streets, roads and intersections being shut down. Several in Galesburg and East Galesburg remain closed, while there are many rural roads in both Knox and Fulton counties that are under water following the flooding of nearby creeks.
Galesburg and East Galesburg city streets and roads that were still unable to handle traffic, as of 7:30 a-m Saturday, included:
-West St. and 6th St.
-St. Andrews north of Fremont St.
-South Farnham St. from Clay to Robertson
-West Knox Road (County Line Road)
-Pickard Road from Wesleye Ave. south
-McClure St. from McKnight St. to Factory Ave.
-South Farnham St. between 5th St. and CH 10
-5th St. from Locust to Farnham St.
-Knox Road 1440 N from U-S 150 north of the overpass and U-S 150 east of the overapass
-Knox Road 650 E from California Ave. to Knox Road 1440 N
-Madison from West 1st to South State St.
-South State St. from the RR track to California Ave.
-part of Godsil Rd.
-Lower Rd. is completely closed
WGIL had received no notification from local officials that any of the roadways listed had re-opened as of Saturday morning. It's possible that could happen in some cases later Saturday and Sunday as the water on them recedes.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the wet spring has slowed planting across the Corn Belt. Illinois is having an especially tough go of it with only about 10 percent of the corn crop planted at a time when more than 80 percent typically would be in the ground.
The National Weather Service says a FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Knox, Fulton, Peoria and Stark counties until 10:30 a-m Saturday. A FLOOD WARNING remains in effect for the Spoon River at London Mills until Tuesday evening.
|05 15 09 by Newsroom
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