Wet weather could bring flooding to the area

August 31, 2012 04:51 PM
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The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains for this weekend. At this time, the prediction is for the Galesburg/Knox County Area to receive around 2-2.5 inches over the weekend. The forecast appears to have the rainfall spread out over a two day period which should limit the degree of flash-flooding in the county.
 
 
However, this is subject to change and there is an outside chance that these numbers could be significantly higher as the rain prediction bands are very close. Central Illinois is predicted to receive up to 7" of rain. Should the area become inundated to the degree that water begins pooling in streets or highways, the public should be aware of roads that are typically trouble spots. These would include the following roads in and around Galesburg:
 
The intersection of Losey and West Streets
  • The South Street underpass
  • McClure Street near Cedar Fork
  • The Knox/Warren County Line Road south of Rt 164
  • Farnham Street at Cedar Creek and Birdland
Also included in the county:
  • County Highway 40, north of County Hwy 9 and south of Wataga
Drivers should not attempt to cross areas where water is running across the street or highway. The public should stay clear of drainage ditches and streams with rapid-moving water, especially Cedar Fork in Galesburg.
 
The potential for basement flooding is high and residents would be wise to consider moving non-waterproof items from the floor areas. Citizens should check on neighbors that are elderly or unable to monitor their basements.
 
Homeowners should consider insuring that gutters are clear of debris and downspouts extend a good distance from the foundation. This is especially true on lots where there is significant tree foliage, seeds, and nuts that drop onto the roof area.
 
Citizens are requested to limit their non-emergency calls to 9-1-1 so as not to overtax the system and dispatchers.
 
If necessary, Knox County Emergency Management can be reached at 299-6959.
 
 
 

 

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