Disaster Declarations Made in Jackson and Williamson Counties

May 2, 2017

Jackson County Chairman John Rendleman has signed a Proclamation of Disaster.

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has resulted in widespread flooding and damage to roadways and other critical infrastructure. Near record forecasts for both the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers this week will likely worsen conditions in some areas. Additional rainfall is expected Wednesday into Thursday, which could lead to addition flash flooding.

Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the emergency management agency are monitoring the levees in the county as floodwaters rise.

They assessed the levees with district officials Monday and believe at this time there appears to be no immediate threat of a levee failure. Inmates are stockpiling sandbags in Grand Tower as a precaution.

Jackson County and the City of Murphysboro have opened a facility for those living along the Big Muddy River who need sandbags for their private property.

The facility will be located at the former Curwood Plant on North 19th Street. Sand and sandbags will be provided. Residents will have to fill and transport their own bags.

State Representative Terri Bryant has donated five dump truck loads of sand for the operation.

This location will stay open until about 8 p.m. Tuesday and re-open at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Williamson County Board chair Ron Ellis has also declared a state of disaster because of flooding.

The county's emergency management officials say several homes in Marion, Herrin, Johnston City and other areas throughout the county have been affected by high water.

County officials say they are monitoring the potential for more flooding starting Wednesday with rain in the forecast.

Williamson County residents are urged to report any flood damage to their homes.