IDOT closes Cora Floodgate on Rt. 3, farmers frustrated

Southern Illinois detour due to high water
Updated: Apr. 1, 2019 at 5:43 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Due to high water from Mississippi River flooding, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) closed Illinois Route 3 at the Jackson-Randolph County line.

IDOT is closed Rt. 3 between IL 151 and Chester at the Cora Floodgate/Levee at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1.

This section of Rt. 3 will be closed until flood waters recede from the area.

Farmer Todd Dunn is frustrated.“We are not going to fight Mother Nature, she’s a powerful source," said Dunn.

However, Dunn is grateful the floodgate and its protection from the rising waters. “I’m very appreciative because that is my home, and nobody wants to lose their home - what we’d seen in ’93 and other years,” he said.

Volunteer Tom Shields, also a farmer, has been dealing with it for years.

“This has been here probably 50 years, it’s one of those deals that’s probably outdated, but it works and it’s paid for and as long as we got the help to put it in, it’s not that bad of deal.” Shields said he hopes the floodgate holds and keeps us safe.

Dunn said a highway going over the levee has also been discussed with politicians, but to no avail. “The project that they wanting put in here someday, I hope that that does work,” Dunn said.

Warning and detour signs will be in place.

IDOT says drivers should not attempt to drive through these waters because the vehicle could be swept away.

Route 3 closed indefinitely
Route 3 closed indefinitely(Brittany Jacob, KFVS)

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