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July 3, 2013

Responders urge caution on flooded roads

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Burge said even if a roadway is not under water, motorists should slow down and use caution when driving in any inclement weather.

Jefferson Fire Protection District Chief Mike Huntman said with the amount of rainfall in Jefferson County, additional roads are flooded in addition to the usual roadways such as Illinois Route 15 west of Mt. Vernon, State Route 37 south in the Bakerville Bottoms north of Gamefarm ROad, Driver's Lane, Liberty Road and Chestnut Lane.

"Try to find another route around those areas," Huntman advised. "Don't drive through the water even if it doesn't look too deep. It may look like the water is only inches deep, but the road can wash out under the water and you can't know about what's under there."

Huntman also said people should avoid wading in flood waters.

"You just don't know if there's a hole, a manhole or a dropoff," Huntman said. "And that water can pull you off your feet. The water can push a car off the road, and it can pull your legs out from under you."

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