Below is a press release from Iroquois County Emergency Management Agency.
Water has mostly receded from Cissna Park, Stockland, Milford, and most recently Woodland. However, road damage is extensive, leaving some roads unsafe. Watseka is severely flooded, but the rate at which waters are rising has slowed significantly. Northern Iroquois County along Iroquois River has numerous rural subdivisions that are threatened. In this area there are still numerous flooded roads. Do not drive on flooded roads. 1400 North through Woodland is open to local traffic.
4 homes in Milford, numerous homes in Woodland, and approximately 200 homes in Watseka have been affected by flooding.
The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church is open, and currently has 96 occupants.
The animal shelter at Jefferson Plaza is open, and currently has 16 pets.
A boil order has been issued for Woodland.
Iroquois County declared a county-wide disaster on Wednesday at 15:30. The City of Watseka declared a disaster as of 18:00 this evening. The Emergency Operations Center is open, coordinating with all local responders, county agencies, NGOs, and the State to respond and recover from this disaster. Residents whom have received flood damage to their homes are encouraged to report that to the EOC at (815) 432-6997. Residents along Iroquois River in northern Iroquois County are encouraged to send flooding reports to the EOC.
Sugar Creek at Milford crested at 28.52 feet on Wednesday around 16:00 and is now at 23.3 feet, which is moderate flood stage. Iroquois River at Iroquois crested at 26.06 feet shortly after midnight. It is still in major flood stage. Iroquois River at Chebanse is currently at 19.96 feet, and is forecasted to crest at 22.8 feet at 06:00 on Saturday, which is above the record level. River and creek levels in Watseka have tapered off, with Sugar Creek inching down and Iroquois River inching up.
There has been a levee break near Demonte, Indiana. This affects the Kankakee River basin, but not the Iroquois River or Sugar Creek basins. This levee break will not increase flooding in Iroquois County.
As families return to their homes, they will need to contact their insurance companies, qualified inspectors/contractors, and/or their landlords.
· Landlords are responsible for their property, including its maintenance and repair.
· Ameren and Nicor will not reconnect services until the homeowner has a qualified electrician and/or plumber inspect their home and provide a receipt.
· If you have insurance, call your insurance agent!
· Be wary of mold in homes. Further information on mold in homes can be found at the ICPHD website at http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/environmental-health/emergency-preparedness/.
· Beware of predatory contractors.
· Make sure your home is ready for your pet.
Eric Ceci, EMA Coordinator