Residents living in West Tennessee and the southern portion of Illinois are beginning to wonder if Mother Nature will ever let up. Following last weekend’s heavy thunderstorms that rolled across the region and which dumped heavy rainfall that caused widespread flooding, the same type of weather is being forecast for this weekend. The National Weather Service is warning people living in western Tennessee and the southern portion of Illinois that more flood may occur as anywhere from two to four inches of rain will likely fall from early Saturday through Sunday evening. The service has a flood watch in effect for a large area across the Tennessee Valley and is warning people to stay away from rivers and streams which are already at or very near flood stage. People are also being warned by local weather experts that flash flooding can occur very quickly and that it can sweep entire automobiles away in a matter of seconds. People are being warned never to attempt driving on any flooded roadway and to turn around and find an alternate route if they come upon a flooded road.
Several areas in southern Illinois dealt with flooding last weekend and with more rain on the way, that spells trouble not only for homeowners but also for farmers who were hoping to plant their crops in April. The National Weather Service reported that Jackson County’s Big Muddy River has reached flood stage already and that the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau is at moderate flood stage. Both rivers could overflow their banks this coming weekend as they simply can’t handle several more inches of rainfall.
The governor of Illinois said Thursday that his state’s residents have to come together to help the homeowners across the state whose properties sustained flood damage during the past two weeks. He declared forty-eight areas across his state as disaster zones because of the floods. He went on to remind flood victims of how important it is to document the flood damage they have in their homes or on their properties so that they could seek available government assistance which they may be eligible for.