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Gov't. officials discuss flood preparations for Jackson Co. IL

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Federal, state, county and Grand Tower officials met Wednesday, Dec. 30 with Congressman Bost and representatives of the US Army Corps of Engineers to discuss flood predictions on the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers.

Although the projected crest on the Mississippi River has been lowered from 49.8 feet at the Chester gauge to 47.5 feet, vigilance on flood preparations was still encouraged by Corps of Engineers officials.

Corps of Engineers officials stated earlier predictions showed that water could flow over the levee near Grand Tower, but now say that risk is lower.

"With all the amount of rainfall we've had within the last week and everything, the forecasts were high. The original forecast, we expected Grand Tower to overtop so there's a real threat from the height standpoint," Matthew Hun, emergency manager for the Army Corps of Engineers said. "Since then, due to the changes in somewhere the rain didn't fall, they reduced that forecast."

 Hun says it's still worrisome with the amount of water on top of the levee.

"You've got under seepage issues, drain structure problems, people still need to be alert," he said.

Evacuation is still being recommended at this time. Residents needing assistance with evacuation or sheltering should call (618)-684-3137.

Anyone evacuating is encouraged to notify the Sheriff’s Department at (618)-684-2773 to be included on house watch patrols in the area. A request form is available at the Sheriff’s Department and online at www.JacksonCountyEMA.com.

There are road closures throughout the county and these are updated daily at www.JacksonCountyEMA.com. Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.

Water only two feet deep can float away most automobiles.

An emergency shelter has been opened at the Murphysboro American Legion for displaced residents. Residents should bring along their medications and medical devices. Pets are not allowed in the shelter.

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