The tornado sirens sounded throughout Monroe County on Friday night, as storms barreled through the region. Fortunately, no tornado touchdowns were reported locally.
Due to prolonged heavy rainfall Friday night into Saturday morning, a Flood Warning was issued for Monroe County, St. Clair County and north-central Randolph County on Saturday. Emergency officials strongly urge motorists to refrain from driving over roadways covered with water.
Monroe County EMA Director Ryan Weber said the following roadway areas were closed Saturday morning due to trees down from last night’s rain, wind and lightning: Bluff and Trout roads, Bluff and Kaskaskia roads, and Bluff and Maeystown roads.
Randolph County emergency personnel responded to reports of a vehicle stuck in water on the roadway at Paint Creek Road around 10 a.m. No injuries were reported. A report of a vehicle trapped in water near Fort de Chartres was unfounded, but the site grounds and parking areas are very soggy for this weekend’s Rendezvous.
The annual Rendezvous event has been canceled for Saturday and Sunday due to the poor conditions.
MM Road was also flooded Saturday near the first creek crossing on the east side near Ames Road. The road district was contacted to put up signs in that area.
Minor damage was reported on Martini Road east of Waterloo as a result of strong winds and rain that arrived Thursday night. No injuries were reported. A tornado hit the area of Marissa later that night.
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