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Watseka flooding nothing new, caution advised

Watseka knows all too well what flooding is all about. And right now, local officials are in stand-by mode but ready to respond just in case.

Several Iroquois County roads, county and township routes, in the southern parts were flooding last night (Thur). Road crews in Stockland Township placed barricades and warning signs. The Woodland area, south of Watseka, had flooded roads.

County Highway Engineer Joel Moore said run-off from farm fields is the issue. The flooding was on even roads that don't usually pose problems.

Moore reminds motorists to find another route if they come across water on their route.

Talk of flooding can make Watseka residents pretty nervous, especially when discussion about the record-flooding of 2008 resurfaces.

Watseka Fire Chief Dave Mayotte says 'don't panic, but just do what's necessary.' Most people in the county-seat know they need to take precautions.

The rapid melt of all the snow and possibility of more heavy rain prompts caution.

In that 2008 flood, Watseka required mutual aid from surrounding fire department sin evacuating some 525 people from their flooded homes.

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Flooding closes several Indiana roads

Indiana transportation officials report more than a dozen roads in west-central parts of the state were closed because of flooding.

In Benton County, there's about two feet of standing water closing 1200 East. Stiff winds aren't helping, causing the water to blow across the roadway. The county is also having issues on State Road 352 and State Road 18.

In Fountain County, State Road 55 is closed east of U.S. 41, Stringtown Road is closed between Coopers Chapel and Alan Roads and County Road 350 East is closed between 200 and 300 North.

Tippecanoe County has several road closures: North 9th Street from Burnett's Road to the Battle Ground city limits, County Road 700 West between 200 South to Division Road, County Road 1300 South between 175 and 400 West and County Road 350 West from 1300 South to the county line. Dispatchers say the 6700 block of Harrison Road is "impassable."

Benton, Jasper and Warren County are under a travel watch. This means only essential travel is recommended.

To keep track of travel restrictions, you can go to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website.

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Flood Advisory in Iroquois County; road signs posted

                                           Flooded roads reported in southern sections

A word of caution for area motorists: flooded roadways are posing treacherous driving conditions in east-central Illinois and parts of Indiana.

Illinois State Police District 21 at Ashkum and District 10 (Pesotum) are urging motorists to use extreme caution during their travels tonight and into Friday. Flooded roads from rain and thawing snow are being reported in many areas. Standing water on low-lying roads have township officials posting signs and barricades. Several counties have reported flooded roads.

Iroquois County Highway Supervisor Joel Moore reports Stockland Township highway crews have put up barricades. The Woodland area and several routes in the southern parts of the county are experiencing run-off from farm fields. Moore says many roads not usually flood-prone are experiencing flooded conditions.

As always if you experience a flooded road, turn around and find another route.

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Barickman sex offender registration measure approved by committee

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) that makes it clear sex offenders must report to law enforcement when they lose a job, has advanced in the Illinois Senate.

"Although state law requires that sex offenders report a 'change' in employment, there was a recent appellate court ruling that losing a job is not the same as a change in employment," Barickman said.

"Members of the Pontiac Police Department and the McLean County State's Attorney's office brought this to my attention. This bill aims to clarify an ambiguity in the existing law."

Under Senate Bill 2912, a registered sex offender who loses his or her employment must report in person to the law enforcement agency where he or she last registered within three days of losing a job. This mirrors the requirement for a change in employment.

"Clearly, the original intent of the law was to assure that sex offenders notify police when they lose a job, just as they must when they change jobs," Barickman said.

The bill was approved by the Senate's Criminal Law Committee Feb. 19 on an 8-1 vote and now goes before the full Senate.

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Fog blamed for multi-car pileup on I-57

The Illinois Department of Transportation reported a 20-car pileup on I-57 Thursday evening that shut down traffic in the northbound lanes. The accident happened near Peotone around 5 p.m.


A State police spokesperson said there was a report at the scene that at least one car was lodged under a semi-truck and that a tanker truck was on fire.


Smoke from the fires and fog reduced visibility.


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