More rain is on its way to an already waterlogged Illinois — which means flooding is a concern.
With Monday’s storms bringing 2 inches of rain per hour to parts of the state, the ground is already saturated and rivers are already high in several areas. Patti Thompson, spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, says with more rain in the forecast, residents should be prepared to deal with flooding.
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“The southern part of the state will likely see remnants of Tropical Storm Bill, that just came ashore in Texas,” Thompson said. “So as that additional water adds to the rainfall that had already been in the forecast, we need to be on the lookout for any possible problems.”
Monday’s storms affected areas which were hit by flooding in 2013. Marseilles has issued a voluntary evacuation order, and the Illinois River is already above flood stage in Ottawa and East Peoria.