MACOMB — Due to the heavy rain forecast for the next several days, Illinois State Police Capt. Jon Dively urges drivers to be safe when traveling in areas that may experience flooding.
Drivers should reduce their speed, drive with caution and allow extra time for arrival to their destination. Excess water on roads can cause hazardous conditions.
A video called “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” has been posted online at http://tadd.weather.gov. Motorists who encounter flooded roadways should turn around and find an alternate route around that area.
According to the National Weather Service, there is the potential for heavy rain through the weekend with two to three inches of rain, along with isolated flash flooding. Moderate flooding is possible in the coming week in places along the La Moine River.
“Heavy rain through the weekend will likely result in a sharp rise on the La Moine River at Colmar, beginning Saturday and continuing into early next week,” the Friday morning flood warning stated.
It also indicated “the stage was at 7.6 feet and rising” as of 9:45 a.m. Friday. Flood stage is at 20 feet. The weather service predicted a flood crest by Tuesday of just under 24 feet with depth to fall below flood stage by Thursday.
Colmar is located north of Plymouth along Route 61. The La Moine River crosses Route 61 a few miles south of Colmar.
Flood-related driving tips:
•Check road conditions prior to trip. Conditions are online at www.GettingAroundIllinois.com, or call 1-800-452-4368.
•Avoid driving through water that is over the roadway even if it seems shallow enough to pass through.
•Be aware of debris on the roadway caused by flooding both during the flood and after water has receded.
•If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out. Seek higher ground.
Dively also said motorists should use caution when approaching emergency vehicles with lights activated on roadways.
“It is the law to proceed with due caution, change lanes if possible and reduce your speed,” Dively said. “Move over and slow down. This law also includes motorists sitting on the side of the road with hazard lights flashing.”
Motorists are also encouraged to keep emergency items in their vehicle.
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