2019 Flood

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State of Illinois

Illinois Gov. J-B Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies.

He says that will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid.

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National Weather Service

The Ohio River at Cairo fell below flood stage on Saturday night.

That ended a record stretch of continuous flooding at 156 days. It started on February 8th. The previous record of 97 days occurred from March to June of 1973.

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If you have outdoor yard work that needs done, it will be best to finish that this weekend.

The National Weather Service says despite the heat, it will be mostly dry, particularly on Saturday.

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World Health Organization

The Southern Seven Health Department will be providing free tetanus shots to Alexander county flood victims and volunteers.

Illinois farmers now have until July 15 to officially say they won’t be planting crops this year. A key deadline has been extended for claiming some types of crop insurance.

It's been one of the wettest springs in state history. Just last month alone, Illinois averaged more than five inches of rainfall, a whole inch above normal. It’s been so wet for so much of the planting season, farmers across the state haven’t had much of a chance to get their crops in the ground.

Unprecedented flooding continues in the northern part of Alexander County.

Lesley Stoffel grew up in McClure and is volunteering to help residents there and in East Cape Girardeau battle the high water. She says flood victims and others are stressed after weeks of lifting 40 to 60 pound sandbags to protect their homes and businesses from disaster.

Here's another sign floodwaters in the region are continuing to recede.

The Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday re-opened Route 3 between Highway 151 and Chester.

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Carpentersville Public Safety

Road closures due to high water in Alexander County have isolated residents in East Cape Girardeau and some of those living in McClure and Gale.

Lesley Stoffel manages Southern Roots Hair Company in Anna. She is helping organize a donation drive to gather everyday items flood victims need to survive.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Southern Seven Health Department tryied to help those sandbagging in Alexander County stay hydrated during this intense heat.

The organization held a water and sports drink donation drive in Anna Friday dubbed Flood the Bus. Donations collected on pickup trucks and Southern Seven's head start bus were taken to McClure.

The Mayor of East Cape Girardeau is issuing another voluntary evacuation order for all residents of the village.

Joe Aden says this latest order is due to IDOT closing Route 146 between East Cape and the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge to all local traffic.

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Alexander County officials are begging for sandbaggers to help residents fend off spreading seep water.

Lots of water and other hydrating drinks are needed to help volunteers battle the heat.

Officials in Alexander County say water is rising about an inch per day near McClure and East Cape Girardeau.

Dale Schultz is with the Alexander County Emergency Management board of directors. He says as the water rises, even locals are not able to travel.

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The water keeps rising in parts of Alexander County, so for the public's safety, a curfew is now in place.

Officials say residents should not be out past 10 p.m. in both McClure and East Cape Girardeau.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued a new state disaster proclamation for all 36 counties currently undergoing flood response or recovery activities in Illinois. This includes Jackson, Union, Alexander and Randolph Counties.

While some portions of the state have begun recovery operations, there are still several river communities in an active flood fight with river levels in major flood stage.

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Division of Aeronautics

The flooding situation in East Cape Girardeau is worsening.

Due to water over the roadways, officials of the Village of East Cape Girardeau have issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation order. This is not MANDATORY.

The 2019 flood is not only closing some major roadways between Illinois and Missouri, it's also shutting down some popular recreational spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says high water has forced the closure of the Kinkaid Lake spillway, most of Horseshoe Lake, the Fort Massac boat ramp and Fort Defiance near Cairo.

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An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year's prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage.

Mayors from river communities agreed Tuesday this year's flood has been particularly damaging because of how long it has stuck around.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The National Weather Service office in Paducah says its damage survey determined an EF-1 tornado hit Moors Marina along Kentucky Lake in Marshall County on Sunday.

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Even though the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is falling, water on the Illinois side continues to rise.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed Route 3 from McClure south and Highway 146 in East Cape Girardeau.

The Mississippi River system is both an artery and a vein. It pumps ag products out of the heartland and into the world while bringing back fertilizer and steel to keep that economic engine purring.

With near-record flooding and a serious delay in the planting season, Governor JB Pritzker is trying to ensure Illinois farmers can access all available state resources.

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Heavy rain that produced some flash flooding in parts of the region Sunday evening led to the death of one person.

The Union County Sheriff's office says floodwaters swept away the vehicle of an unidentified woman on State Forest Road.

While water levels are beginning to drop along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, heavy flooding has led to the closure of many roads leading into small river towns and nearly 100 miles of the Katy Trail.

This time of year, John Benz’s campground along Highway 94 in Rhineland is normally packed with Katy Trail bike riders. But, flooding from the Missouri River led to the cancellation of the annual Katy Trail Ride and the closure of the highway. As a result, Benz said business has been down about 90%.