Heavy rain causes regional flooding and in some cases, closed roadways
Due to unseasonably high rainfall, the area is experiencing flooding that generally occurs in spring and summer.
According to the National Weather Service, the Illinois River at Beardstown was 21.88 feet on Wednesday and was set to crest on January 4 at 27.5 feet. Flood stage is at 14 feet; the current level is still considered to be moderate flooding.
There have been instances of closed roadways in the area, and MoDOT recently closed a section of Route 67 from Illinois to Missouri due to water covering the roadways.
A levee in Hillview (in Greene County) actually broke due to floodwaters, with Southern Illinois getting more rain than most communities in central Illinois.
Certain communities in Illinois are expecting record or near record crests. It is unclear what early flooding will mean long-term, but some communities are already preparing for the worst.