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Waltonville roads closed, levee breached

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WALTONVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Heavy rains overnight and Sunday have caused road closures and a levee breach in Waltonville.

Illinois Hwy. 148 is closed going into Waltonville due to weather related flooding, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Ill. Hwy. 148 road-block detours are set up at Spruce Lane and E. Bonnie Rd., according to a press release by Sheriff Roger Mulch.

According to Benton Fitzgerald with Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, there was a levee breach at the Waltonville Lake Dam.

Keith Smiley, IDOT Engineer District 9 says, there is a hole in the dam 8 feet in diameter.

Fitzgerald said Sunday morning if the levee fails it would be "catastrophic". That's why crews took a back-hoe and drained the water out of the lake around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The lake sits on the south side of town so there is no danger to residents in town, said Smiley.

But, there could be some flooding to residents who live along Illinois Highway 148.

Heavy rains from last night's storms are to blame for the hole.

Mayor Randy Dees says the dam would take too much money to repair, so the plan is to let the lake drain and level off the dam by pushing the dirt into the hull of the lake.

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