Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood was expected to meet with Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) officials to find out just what kind of help might be available from the state. Floodwaters were still rising. And today (Tues) more flooded sites surfaced that were not under water Monday.
The Iroquois River and Sugar Creek flood waters are threatening to make it worse than the record 2008 flood.
A Red Cross volunteer said about 50-55 evacuees have been housed at the shelter at the Trinity Church in Watseka. Scattered rain showers yet today and tonight could find the rising waters continuing.
Mayor Harwood said citizens needing help leaving their homes can contact 911 and the Watseka Fire department will respond.
Harwood said the big difference between now and 2008 flood is the January-February weather......
The city declared a local disaster Monday. IEMA plans to tour the city today to determine what assistance the state might provide.
Harwood said all city departments will remain open 24 hours per day and a citywide curfew has been set in place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. until next Monday.
The curfew is intended to keep residents out of the water during darkness and to protect the property of evacuated homes. Police will be on boat patrols during the evening hours. There was one arrest on Monday evening for a truck driver who drove through a barricade.