Big Muddy River continues to rise

Big Muddy River passes flood stage of 22 feet

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - The Big Muddy River in Murphysboro, Ill. is currently past its flood stage of 22 feet.

Shawn Priddy with the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency said it's currently at 23.02 feet and is expected to crest at 32.8 feet by Sunday.

“The biggest thing is for residents who are used to experience flooding, you know in their yards or in their area – they know better than anybody where the trigger points are of when it becomes a problem," Priddy said. "So just to keep a close eye on the forecast. Know when to take action.”

For Mary Moore, who's lived in the house for more than 35 years, just a mile down from the river, she said she's not worried but is prepared.

“If it's raining quite a bit and there's any overflow, which I don't think I'm in any danger," Moore said. "But you don't wait until the last minute to evacuate of any signs of danger in any field, you know, you prepare to leave.”

Moore said she hasn't had a major flood issue yet, but says if that time does come when it's necessary to leave, she'll be ready.

“That water comes up fast," she said. "So I would just prepare to evacuate because nothing is that important. Water can have it! I'm out! Nothing is more important than my life.”

Officials from the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency did say they have brought sandbags and sandbagging crews in the past when there were high flood level stage, but say they do not expect it to get to that point for Jackson County.

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