Heavy rainfall moved through the southern Illinois region, amounting to as much as ten inches in some areas. Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ, we measured 5.84 inches of rain Saturday. The rain caused several streets in Fairfield to be underwater for a time late Saturday morning and afternoon, and some area highways, including Route 45 between Fairfield and Geff, and Route 242 a few miles north of McLeansboro. The rainfall was in association with the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Gordon. Cooler and drier weather is expected for most of this week.
Saturday’s rains caused a big jump in area rivers. The Little Wabash River east of Fairfield was at 23.46 feet at 1 this afternoon, almost 6.5 feet above flood stage. At Clay City the stage was 21.90 feet, with a crest of 22 feet expected Monday, four feet over flood stage. At Carmi the river was at 19.53 this afternoon, with a crest of 33.9 expected this Thursday, about seven feet above flood stage. The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stood at 16.56 feet this afternoon, a foot and a half above flood stage. A crest of 17.7 feet is forecast on Monday.
Fairfield’s citywide Cleanup has been set for Saturday, September 22nd. The event will run from 8 to 11 a.m. or until the dumpsters are filled. General waste and large item disposal, along with electronic waste, scrap metal and tires will be accepted at the Street and Bridge Department at 908 East King Street. Residents will be expected to unload their own materials, however employees will help with heavy materials.
The U.S. Postal Service says they expect that they will need more help heading into the holidays. Starting Monday and running through September 21st, people can apply for positions with the postal service, including mail handlers, holiday clerk assistant or mail processing clerk. Persons need to be at least 18 years of age or 16 with a high school diploma and pass a background check. More information is available on the U.S. Postal Service’s website.
The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville accepted the resignation of Paula McKnight as CEO last week. She had led the institution to a five-star rating in three straight years. The board is currently conducting a search for her replacement.