Crawford and other area counties are again plagued by flooding. The Wabash River was at 29.3 feet at Hutsonville (above) early today. It is not expected to crest until Thursday evening. Residents all along the river are preparing to sandbag and have pumps working overtime to hold back the rising water. (Tom Compton photo)
Residents along the Wabash River and struggling to hold back the water as the river approaches record levels.
At 7 a.m. the Wabash River was measured at 29.3 feet. The record is 29.8 feet, and forecasters predict it will reach that height before cresting some time Thursday evening.
Volunteers and a local farmer have supplied irrigation pumps and piping to the Village of Hutsonville, and they are working to keep water out of the Hutsonville Food store and surrounding homes and churches.
Dale Milam lives on the south west corner of Cherry and High in Hutsonville and reported via Facebook to the Robinson Daily News water is raising around his house. "I am flooded... had to wade water to get into the house this morning and the garage has 8 inches of water in it already," wrote Milam.
In 2008, Milam had three inches of water in his house. He later raised the house high with concrete blocks.
Water is still a foot to 18 inches from breaching the levee along the east side of the river. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers personnel were inspecting what is called the Island Levee south of the Hutsonville bridge early today.
Tuesday, members of the Island Conservancy District in Sullivan County, Ind., said they had no intention of "blowing" the levee to relieve flooding. They were sandbagging low spots on the levee south of the bridge.
Indiana Route 154 to Grayville is open and there was little water standing in field between the bridge and Turman Creek. A levee failure farther north is causing some flooding east of Turman Creek and may cause the highway to be shut down.
State Re. Brad Halbrook was in Crawford County Tuesday, surveying the flood first hand.
In Palestine, the Leaverton Park area is flooded, with water flowing into the cemetery west of the park.
The area around Fort LaMotte is still dry and organizers still plan to continue with Fort LaMotte Days activities this weekend.
Farther south, Illinois Route 33 is closed from Heathsville to Westport until further notice and Crawford County Sheriff Todd Liston has closed the Illinois side of the Wabash River to all boat traffic.
Crawford County Emergency Management Agency Director Ken Pryor is monitoring the flood and said that some sandbag area available that Crawford County Highway Department garage.
Farther to the south 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.