Drier weather is expected in the southern Illinois region today following two days of heavy rainfall. Here at the studios of WFIW/WOKZ we measured 1.47 inches of rain on Saturday and 2.23 inches on Friday. Widespread rainfall amounts of over three and four inches were reported in most of southern Illinois from the storm system that brought widespread severe weather to our south and will exit the region today. The latest forecast indicates dry weather in the area until around the middle of the week, and again this coming Friday, when more rain is expected.
Kevin Leonard with the Fairfield Water Department has announced that the boil order that had been in effect for residents on SE 7th Street from East Delaware to East Douglas streets has been lifted. Residents in those areas need no longer boil water to be used for human consumption, as water samples taken have passed inspection.
The Fairfield Coin Club will meet today at the Bob Boyles Hall on the campus of Frontier Community College in Fairfield. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information can be found on the club’s Facebook page.
28-year-old Craig Frailey of Brownstown, IL was killed Saturday evening in an accident in Fayette County. Illinois State Police say a vehicle driven by Frailey was eastbound on U.S. Route 40 just west of Bluff City when it left the roadway, slid sideways down an embankment and overturned several times. Frailey and two passengers, 23-year-old Brittany Hall of Ramsey, Il and 32-year-old Ryan Ward of Brownstown, Il were taken to Fayette County Hospital, where Frailey was pronounced dead. State police are continuing their investigation.
Here’s the area river stages this morning: Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 24.41 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet. At Clay City the river is at 21.95 feet. Flood stage is 18 feet, with a crest of 23.6 feet expected Tuesday. At Carmi the river is at 29.49 feet. Flood stage is 27 feet, with a crest of 34.9 feet expected this Saturday, January 18th. A Flood Warning is in effect until further notice. The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 18.05 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. A crest of 20 feet is expected this evening, and the river should be below flood stage by Monday night. A Flood Warning is in effect through Monday night. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 20 feet. Flood stage is 19 feet, with a crest of 27.4 feet expected next Sunday, January 19th.