TAZEWELL COUNTY - The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Illinois River, impacting Tazewell County. Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency, Highway Department and Sheriff’s Office are encouraging everyone to be aware of the safety hazards associated with flood waters.
Floods are the most common natural hazard. The flash floods and rising water in the waterways of Central Illinois have produced swift currents that are unexpected in this area. Floods may also occur in small streams, creeks, culverts and low-lying ground bringing rocks, mud, trees and other items that may cause harm.
During and after heavy rainfall when flooding is most common, remember to:
• Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
• If there’s a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
• If you must walk through flooded waters, walk only where floodwaters aren’t moving.
• Use a stick to check the depth of the water and firmness of the ground in
front of you.
• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Just 1 foot of water can stall your engine and make the car float away.
• Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
“Road closures may be necessary to protect life, property and roadways. If a barricade is up, do not move or tamper with it,” states Jeff Lower, Tazewell County Sheriff. “Roads and bridges are monitored for safe travel. If deemed unsafe for vehicles, a road will be closed with barricades and should not be driven around or moved. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Know your risk: Are you in a flood-prone area? Visit: www.fema.gov/flood-zones For the most current information on flooding in Central Illinois, visit
https://www.weather.gov/ilx/ or https://www.facebook.com/CIEmergencyInfo/