This weekend our listening area will be in the threat for severe weather, heavy rains, and flooding.
There is a threat for severe weather on Friday afternoon and evening, including large hail, damaging winds, and a possibility of a brief tornado touchdown. Saturday’s threat includes large hail, damaging winds, and a possibility of a brief tornado touchdown. Among these threats is the possibility of heavy rains and flooding.
The entire listening area is under a Flash Flood Watch that will be in effect from 7:00pm on Friday through Monday morning. Remember if you come across a flooded road to turn around a find an alternate route. According to the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency and the Effingham County Dive Rescue, vehicle become difficult to control in six inches of water and 12-18 inches may cause a vehicle to float and be carried away. They are also reminding everyone to prepare buildings, pets, livestock, and sump pump for the heavy rains/flooding.
The following tips were provided by the Illinois State Police regarding flooding:
- Check road conditions before venturing out.
- Avoid driving on water covered roads, no matter how shallow it appears.
- Be cautious of debris on roadways during and after flooding.
- If you vehicle stalls, do not attempt to push it. Head to higher ground.
For road conditions, visit gettingaroundillinois.com or call 1-800-452-4368.