Heavy Rain Could Lead to Flooding

Feb 21, 2018

The National Weather Service in Paducah says Southern Illinois will get a lot of rain this week.

Meteorologist Kevin Smith says the area can expect 3.5 to 4.5 inches through Saturday.

Illinois property owners in 18 disaster declared counties may be eligible to claim an income tax credit due to flooding in 2017.

The Illinois Department of Revenue has released an Informational Bulletin on their website for individuals and businesses who wish to determine their eligibility for the newly enacted Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit.

A southern Illinois congressman says his chamber's passage of legislation addressing floodplains is overdue - and needs to be sent to the president's desk.

Representative Mike Bost says the bill, which reforms FEMA's floodplain insurance program, is a much-needed update. He says numerous property owners in his district would benefit from it.

The Illinois Civil Air Patrol will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The airmen will join colleagues from other states to perform aerial imagery missions for FEMA and other agencies in the impact zone.

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National Weather Service

Harvey is about to make its way through this region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah's lead forecaster Chris Knowles says Harvey's impact will hit the hardest Thursday through much of Friday.


Nearly 40 American Red Cross workers from central and southern Illinois have been deployed to Texas to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's seeking a fifth term next year.

Madigan revealed her 2018 plans last week during an unrelated news conference in Chicago. The Democrat is already the longest-serving attorney general in the state's history.


Governor Bruce Rauner is activating the state's Emergency Operations Center to help flooded communities.

The center helps coordinate emergency and relief efforts to rain soaked areas. The governor says a big focus now is on river flooding that will increase throughout the week.

NWS Paducah

The National Weather Service says heavy rain can be expected through Monday and into Tuesday, as the quad-state region is already trying to recover from several inches of rain over the weekend..

National Weather Service

Major street flooding was reported in parts of the region on Thursday afternoon.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has asked federal officials to reconsider their recent denial of Illinois' request for federal aid in the wake of severe storms and flooding in late December and early January.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois' request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Illinois to help assess damage from early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vowed to ``do everything possible to help people and communities'' affected by the late December and early January flooding.


In response to a need from community leaders in flood-impacted areas, State Representative Brandon Phelps is leading a supply drive to help those hardest hit by the high water.

Residents and emergency officials in flood-stricken  Randolph and Alexander counties got the chance to meet with U-S Senator Dick Durbin Wednesday. 

At the  packed Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch Durbin was asked when the county could expect  help from Washington.

A total of 23 Illinois counties are under state disaster status due to flooding. Gov. Bruce Rauner added 11 to that list Tuesday.

Jeff Feltman

Officials in Jackson County continue to monitor water levels and levee conditions on the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties -- but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Governor Bruce Rauner has ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers to active duty to help with flood recovery efforts in the state.

Rauner says the step means soldiers will be ready at a moment's notice for local communities as flood waters could continue to rise over the weekend. About 20 soldiers were ordered to report to the guard's Marion Readiness Center.

Alexander County authorities have issued an emergency evacuation notice for residents who live behind the Len Small Levee.

Alexander County is asking residents in flood-prone areas to voluntarily evacuate their homes.   The County Board issued the order Wednesday.  It includes residents living in low areas along the Lynn Small Levee as well as in Olive Branch, Fayville, Miller City, Willard, Hodges Park, Unity, Sandusky and Cache. Residents who decide to leave their homes are encouraged to contact the Alexander County Sheriffs' Office or the Highway Department at 618-776-5431.

On Tuesday, Jackson County authorities issued a similar order  encouraging a voluntary evacuation along the Mississippi River, as flood waters continue to rise.  Union County is also encouraging residents to seek higher ground before it becomes too late.

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Two more people have died as flooding sweeps across parts of Illinois, bringing the state's death toll to seven.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The rain has stopped, but the flooding problem is really just beginning in parts of Jackson County.

Derek Misener is the coordinator for the county's emergency management agency. He says they're fighting high water issues on levees protecting residents from the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers.

A  Kentucky couple and their three children headed to visit family in Minnesota have been identified as the weekend drowning victims caught in a rain-swollen creek in Marion County, Illinois.


The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Waltonville Fire Rescue had to rescue boaters on the Big Muddy River early Monday morning.

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National Weather Service

Heavy rains over the last several days have prompted flood warnings all over the region.

Some parts of the Quad-State could see more than two inches of rain over the next couple of days, as what's left of Hurricane Patricia moves across the region.

A new report details urban flooding problems in Illinois.  The report from the Department of Natural Resources says damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) cause more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in Illinois.

Anna Fire & Rescue

Heavy Rain, flash flooding, thunderstorms and possible tornadoes struck the region Friday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill moved through the quad-state.

The National Weather Service in Paducah has extended the flood warning for southern Illinois until 6:30pm today for the following counties: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties.