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Part of the front of the Hoots Chapel Church boarded up after the wall was damaged when hit by an out of control car during the Thursday night rain.

Heavy Rains Cause Some Minor Flooding Problems In South Central Illinois

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Most of South Central Illinois received over two inches of rain from a slow moving cold front that dropped heavy amounts of rain during Thursday afternoon and early evening.  

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning from Marion, Clinton, Washington and Fayette Counties as a result of a number of low lying roads flooding.   Salem Township roads in the Crooked Creek bottoms south of Salem were all still flooded and impassable Friday night.  They included South College, South Hotze, Hoots Chapel Road South and Westline Road.  

The Salem Water Plant recorded 2.45 inches of rain, the Centralia Water Plant 2.43 inches of rain and the Alma Weather Station 2.06 inches of rain.  Centralia Water Plant officials were forced to open two gates of Raccoon Lake, resulting in flooding to the Brick Hill Road below the dam.  The city had been trying to use only the one renovated gate until more restoration was complete on the other gates, but the volume of water was too much.  The Salem Reservoir topped out at 14.5 inches over the spillway at the height of the storm activity.   

Wet road conditions are blamed on one crash.   16-year-old Morgan Burkett of Hoots Chapel Road in Salem hydroplaned while southbound on the Hoots Chapel Road, lost control, ran off the west side of the road, ran through the roadside ditch, and hit the front north side of the Hoots Chapel Church.  The impact caused damage to a wall and two windows.  Burkett declined medical treatment for her injuries.  The wreck occurred at 10:19 Thursday night.     

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