The National Weather Service in conjunction with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has advised that from Wednesday, June 17th, through Monday, June 22nd the Interstate 70 corridor may receive 7 inches of rain. This will cause significant low level flooding and will be magnified as the ground is already saturated from recent rain fall. Tropical Storm Bill is predicted to be moving through the area on Friday into Saturday morning, followed by a cold front moving through on Sunday.
The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency urges citizens who live in, or must travel through, low level areas to remain alert for increased flooding risk and to take appropriate steps to insure adequate supplies or access to alternate routes. Residents are also reminded to check their sump pump systems and take necessary measures to prepare buildings, pets, and livestock for torrential rains and flooding.
Additional flood safety tips include:
Never attempt to drive through flooded roads.
Even if a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to cross it.
Seek higher ground if your vehicle stalls in a flooded area; do not attempt to push your vehicle out of the water.
Avoid skin contact with sewer water, especially cuts and sores. Keep them clean and covered.
Do not eat or drink anything exposed to sewer water.
Keep contaminated objects, water and hands away from mucous membranes (mouth, eyes and nose).
Wash hands frequently, especially after bathroom use, before eating and immediately following contact with sewer water or contaminated objects or surfaces.