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4/24/2013 5:19:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Embarras River expected to crest today; Wabash still rising
LAWRENCEVILLE - A National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect for southeastern Illinois including Lawrence County.

The Embarras River at Lawrenceville is expected to crest today with the Wabash River at Westport/Vincennes expected to continue to go up until Saturday.

Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Jess Angle reported Tuesday that there have been no levee breaches and residents near the rivers are not being asked to evacuate at this time. Tuesday evening Lawrence-Allison Fire Protection District officials went door-to-door apprising residents in potent flood areas of the situation.

Should the need to evacuate arise, officials will again go door-to-door to spread the message.

Volunteers and levee district officials are continuing to monitor levees. Unauthorized people are also warned to stay off of the levees.

Officials also said several roads will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety and levee maintenance.

As of about 6:30 a.m. today, the Embarras was at 37.32 feet. The NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service predicted the Embarras at Lawrenceville was to have crested today at 37.3, so.

It will be May 2 or 3 before the Embarras drops below its 30-foot flood stage according to the NWS.

The Embarras River at Ste. Marie crested at 22.75 early Sunday and was at 20.1 feet about 5 a.m. today, meaning the Embarras in northwest Lawrence County has either reached its crest or will likely crest at any time.

The Wabash River at the Lincoln Memorial Bridge, which connects Westport and Vincennes, was at 24.71 feet as of about 8 a.m. today, headed for 26.9 feet at 2 a.m. Saturday.

When it does crest, the NWS is predicting that it could stay at or about its crest level from 1-3 days before beginning a slow fall. The Wabash will recede slowly for about 10 days before getting back down below its 16-foot flood stage.

The Wabash River is falling at Terre Haute and is expected to crest today in Hutsonville at 27.6 feet.

It is being reported that there was a breach in the levee on the Indiana side of the Wabash River near Hutsonville, in Sullivan County.

Almost two inches of rain in areas north of Lawrence County over the past 24 hours could cause NWS officials to revise crest estimates.


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