Iroquois County Board chairman wants permanent fix to address flooding

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson would like to use any federal disaster funds that might come Iroquois County’s way to do something — anything — to create a longterm solution to address the county’s flooding woes.

As the Beaverville Republican notes, “This is the new norm, having two or three floods a year.”

Drivers warned of dangers of traveling on flooded roads

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police are reminding drivers of the extreme dangers of traveling on flooded roadways.

Drivers are urged to:

— Reduce speeds and drive with caution and to allow for extra travel time.

— Not drive through flooded areas, and if a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, to not attempt to do so.

Health department reminds well owners to test following floods

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is recommending that owners of private water wells arrange to have their wells inspected following heavy rains to ensure that surface water has not entered the wells through the well cap, vent or sanitary well seal. 

Disaster declared in Watseka, Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Iroquois County Board Chairman Kyle Anderson of Beaverville has declared a local disaster due to severe flooding in the county, the Iroquois County Emergency Services & Disaster Agency announced in a news release Thursday.

“In the meantime, officials throughout jurisdictions in Iroquois County are working together, along with the state of Illinois,” the release said.

Paxton's seen more than 3 inches of rain in three days — and it keeps coming

PAXTON — As the heavy rains from the weekend continued into Monday afternoon, employees at the Paxton Hardware & Rental store on South Market Street were busy selling and renting out sump pumps and other supplies they normally don’t see much demand for in late December.

City to residents: 'Stop depositing leaves/grass on streets'

PAXTON — Paxton residents are being warned that they could be fined up to $750 if they deposit leaves or grass clippings on city streets.

The city issued the warning Friday and asked that residents stop doing so.

“This causes the storm sewers to become clogged and flooding to occur,” the notice said.

Gibson City recertified as StormReady community

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City has been recertified as a StormReady community.

The news was announced in a letter to Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey from Mike Bardou, a warning coordination meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Romeoville.

Federal assistance available for local farmers impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 counties in Illinois, including Ford and Iroquois counties, as primary natural disaster areas due to crop damages and losses caused by unprecedented rain and flooding over this summer. 

Rauner issues disaster proclamation for 23 counties, asks for FEMA assistance

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday to assist with damage assessments in 23 counties devastated by a series of severe storms in June and July that caused heavy rainfall, flash-flooding, river flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds.

State, federal officials tour flood-damaged farmland in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson, along with representatives of the U.S.

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