ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – St. Clair County, Illinois is taking the forecast seriously and preparing for the worst. Emergency management officials fear heavy rains this week will bring flooded roads and flooded homes.
Equipment is being deployed all across the county. Herb Simmons is the Director of the Emergency Management Agency. Simmons said, “We’re moving some equipment strategically throughout the county to give us a head start.”
Equipment like generators, pumps, and a sand bagging machine will be placed at central locations as folks await the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill later this week. It’s been a while since they’ve needed to be this proactive. Simmons said, “It’s been a couple of years since we moved the pumps and the sandbag machine around the county again I wish we never had to move it around.”
In recent weeks farmers’ fields have turned soggy, if not flooded. Roads seem to be always wet. Officials said more than six inches of rain have fallen in recent weeks, and they fear another seven inches more could swamp the county in the next few days. Simmons added, “Hopefully we don’t need any of this equipment but were going to be prepared in case we do.”
Rose Buchmiller lives in the county, “I never think about flooding because I’ve never been a in a flood situation so if they’re concerned about flooding I think that’s great that they’re being proactive.
Simmons said similar preparation is being made in counties all across Illinois.