Four Inches Of Rain Falls Across Region Triggering Flood Warning
The greatest amount of rain came on Thursday when rounds of heavy rain hit both in the morning and evening hours. For the 24 hour period ending at seven Friday morning, the Salem Water Plant had 3.1 inches of rain and the Centralia Water Plant 3.28 inches of rain. The Alma Weather Station had 2.1 inches of rain on Thursday and 26-hundredths of an inch early Friday morning before the storm moved out.
As a result of the heavy rain across South Central Illinois, the National Weather Service first issued a flash flood warning until Friday morning, but later extended it until 3:30 Friday afternoon and then 3:30 Saturday afternoon. While major highways were flooded in places during the heaviest rainfall, all were open for travel by Friday morning. However, creeks remained out over many of the rural roads. Salem Township Highway Superintendent Bill Grizzle says all the roads in the Crooked Creek bottoms are flooded until sometime on Saturday. They include Robin Road, South College, South Hotze, South Hoots Chapel and West Line Road.
The Salem Reservoir was as high as 15 and a half inches over the spillway at three Friday morning, but has been dropping since. A watch for high water in Town Creek is not issued until the water is 18 inches over the spillway. The heavy rains forced Centralia Water Plant officials to open two gates of Raccoon Lake, causing some flooding concerns downstream.
The latest band of storms to move through Thursday night resulted in severe thunderstorm warnings to be issued in Clinton, Jefferson and Wayne Counties. There were reports of a truck being blown over on I-64 in Washington County and some singles being torn off a roof in Irvington.
The heavy rains ended the extreme dry conditions that persisted during the first three months of the year.
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