Stay Safe During Flooding

Jun 11, 2019
Jackson County EMA

As floodwaters threaten southern Illinois towns, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants people to stay safe.

Deputy Coordinator Orval Rowe offered some advice for residents.

"Turn around, don't drown," he said, referring to drivers. Don't try to drive on closed roads and even if the road is still open, don't attempt to drive through water. It's impossible to tell how deep water is or what the condition of the road underneath is like.

Drivers should also be aware that all the levees are closed and anyone attempting to drive on them will be fined. 

Saturday, August 11th 2018, marks an awareness day for utilities across the country.

IDOT Will Be Busy Expanding I-57.

May 7, 2018

With road construction season ramping up drivers on I-57 in southern Illinois will be seeing a lot of road work.  Carrie Nelson, IDOT District 9 Program Development Engineer says the goal is to make I-57 safer.  IDOT plans to install a cable median barrier in Jefferson county, which should be completed sometime next year.  Nelson says another project in the works, is expanding  I-57 to  six lanes from the I-24 junction south of Marion to Mt.

IDOT And Partners Stress Work Zone Safety

Apr 4, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

To draw attention to National Work Zone Awareness week, state officials and industry partners held a media event earlier this morning (Tuesday) in a high-traffic spot in Williamson County.  The podium was set up on top of the Wolf Creek Bridge, which is being built across Route 13 just east of Carterville.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Child safety advocates say summer is a great time to get outside and play – but they also warn it’s a time to be careful, especially around water.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Nearly 200 concerned Carbondale residents voice their safety concerns in the city and offered solutions on Thursday, April 21st at the Carbondale Civic Center.  WSIU was there.

The University of Illinois' flagship campus is telling students not to bring hoverboards to school when they return from the holiday break.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A southeastern Illinois company is the first corporation to win the Governor's Award for Contributions in Health and Safety.

Benton schools are closed today, as administrators say they’re dealing with a safety issue.

Back To School, and Routines are Changing

Aug 19, 2015

Now that schools are back in session, there will be more drivers, and school buses on the road.  As a result of this  our daily "To-Do" list should also include being more aware of distractions on the road.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher talks with Matt Donkin, Regional Superintendent for the Regional Office of Education #21 which includes Franklin, Johnson,  Massac and Williamson Counties.