Iroquois County ESDA coordinator: Be careful driving on wet roads

WATSEKA — Iroquois County’s Emergency Services & Disaster Agency is warning drivers to be careful on wet roads, especially at night.

Local rivers are rising rapidly as rain changes to snow this week, said Iroquois County ESDA Coordinator Eric Ceci. Although rivers are not expected to flood, people are advised to not drive through water that is covering a road, especially if the water is flowing, Ceci said.

Sugar Creek in Iroquois County was expected to rise to 17 feet by noon Tuesday, which is 1 foot below the minor flood level. The Iroquois River is expected to rise to 17.2 feet by early morning on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, which is eight-tenths of a foot below the minor flood level.

Drivers who see a flooded road or vehicle accident are advised to pull over and call 911 to report it.

Ceci also recommends travelers plan extra time into their travel arrangements, leave extra room between their cars, and slow down well before expected stops.

“Also, keep emergency supplies in your vehicle: food, water, first-aid kit, and warm clothing,” Ceci said.

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