More rain, flooding in the forecast for US South, Midwest

25 February, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Coast Guard assisting in flood rescues in SW Michigan

On Saturday, a new storm system emerges from the Rockies with more unsettled weather for the Plains, Midwest, and South.

After rain yesterday - some of it heavy - three or more inches could fall through Sunday, forecasters said. We'll have a few rounds of rain that could add up to an inch or two.

The statement from the NWS said "with saturated conditions, nearly no area will be immune". Fortunately, by the time we're heading to church or breakfast later in the morning most of the rain chances will have mostly moved out of the area.

Saturday starts and ends with rain. Meteorologists issued a flood warning for the Poteau River in LeFlore County.

Governors and mayors in Illinois, Kentucky and in declared states of emergency for counties along waterways, including the Illinois and OH rivers that were expected to rise after reaching near or above their floods stages.


Our next batch of rain and storms is on the way and will continue into the first half of the weekend across the bi-state. High temperatures rise to the lower to middle 60s. It is possible that flooding could close the "bathtub" section of Interstate 376, River Avenue on the North Shore and Washington Boulevard.

A Flood Warning has been in effect since Monday for areas along the Ohio River.

On Thursday morning the Illinois River was at major flooding stage in Ottawa and Morris, along with the Iroquois River in Iroquois.

Madison County EMA spokesman Todd Harmeson urged drivers who see high water to "turn around, don't drown". It takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small auto, while two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. But more rain is now forecast for later in the week.

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