Afternoon update: Spring flooding concerns

Pope County in Illinois is preparing for rising water.
Pope County in Illinois is preparing for rising water.

Good Afternoon and Happy Earth Day! April showers make May flowers--and flooding! The Heartland is preparing for a lot of rain and possible extreme flooding. Here is what we are working on for Heartland News and

Bob Reeves says we have a chance for thunderstorms until Wednesday. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for parts of southern Illinois.  The watch is in effect until 6:00pm CT Friday. Also, there is a moderate chance of severe weather in the Ozark Mountain Region of Missouri for today and tonight.

Pope County in Illinois is preparing as water continues to rise. Carly O'Keefe says the Emergency Management Agency has sandbags prepared.

The Army Corps of Engineers have activated an Emergency Operations Center in St. Louis. The activation is in response to predicted precipitation and river stages.

Also,  tonight we talk to a member of the Corps in Jackson about preparations for flooding in the Heartland.

Easter is this Sunday and we will visit a candy factory in southern Illinois where the owner says chocolate is more expensive than ever, but selling better than ever!

Todd Richards has the inspirational story of one Southeast baseball pitcher overcoming the odds after being dealt a tough blow!

Have a great weekend and Easter Sunday (Stay away from green eggs and ham)!

James Long
Web Producer
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