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Flood Watch Issued For Town Creek In Salem; Road Flooding Problem Throughout Area

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The City of Salem has issued a flood watch for Town Creek as water levels over the Spillway at the Salem Reservoir are now more than 19 inches. If water levels rise another three inches, a flood warning will be issued for Town Creek. Water is now lapping at the underpinning of some of the homes in the Starlight Mobile Home Park. A few residents have left voluntarily, but no evacuation has been ordered.

Meanwhile, all of Marion, Clinton, Fayette, and Washington Counties are under an urban and small stream flood advisory until eight Sunday morning. Standing water has closed several roads in the area. You are encouraged not to drive into standing water as you could become stranded in the high water. Area law enforcement agencies have been called out to help several stranded motorists.

A flood warning has been issued for the Kaskaskia River at Vandalia, with minor flooding anticipated. A flood warning is also in effect for the Skillet Fork with minor flooding also forecast. River gages on Crooked Creek near Hoffman were running near bankfull late Saturday night.  

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