Area flooding: Woman rescued from top of car in Vermilion County

Area flooding: Woman rescued from top of car in Vermilion County

A woman was rescued early Wednesday morning after her vehicle became stranded in rising floodwaters in northern Vermilion County.

Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, said the woman was driving on 3800 North Road east of Illinois 1, between Hoopeston and Rossville, when her vehicle stopped.

"She was stranded on top of her car," Fisher said. "We rescued her and took her to the Hoopeston hopsital."

Fisher said most of the county is experiencing some kind of flooding, and sections of a number of roads, including 3800 North Road, are closed.

"People shouldn't try to drive through an area where there's flooding," he said. "Even six to eight inches of fast-moving water has a lot of power. It's best to just turn around.

Rescue workers went out at 4:30 a.m. to begin evacuating residents from areas such as the Morrins Addition along Hungry Hollow Road, just west of Danville; a small neighborhood south of U.S. 136 in Potomac, south of the grade school and homes at the bottom of Seaton Hill near Illinois 1 north of Danville, among other places.

Fisher didn't have a number of how many people were evacuated.

He said anyone needing shelter due to the flooding can go to the David Palmer Arena or get in touch with his office, and someone will connect them with Red Cross volunteers.

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From TRACY CRANE:

Flooding across Vermilion County was forcing evacuations from homes and other water-related issues in low-lying areas and along rivers on Wednesday morning.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said deputies with the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department used their rescue boat Wednesday morning to help Danville firefighters reach homes in the Morin addition to evacuate residents in the area that includes about a dozen homes in the North Fork River’s flood plain.

Thomason said the river levels in the area, just west of Danville, rose Tuesday night, receded a bit and began rising again Wednesday morning.

He said some power poles were down in the area that includes about a dozen residences. Firefighters and deputies wanted to make sure residents there could get out if they wanted to evacuate, Thomason said, although there’s no mandatory evacuation order.

The city of Danville has set up an evacuation shelter at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville, for those in the Morin addition and others displaced by flooding. A shelter team from the American Red Cross was staffing the center, providing cots and food.

The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency reported that many township, county and city roads across Vermilion County were flooded by Wednesday morning and many were barricaded and closed.

North of Danville along the North Fork, flooding was affecting other residences as well, cutting off access to some homes along the river, but there were no reports of emergency evacuations. Flooding along the Middle Fork, which flows through Kickapoo State Recreation Area, was causing issues in the park as well.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a flood warning for the Vermilion River that’s in effect until late Friday morning.

The Salt Fork, North Fork and Middle Fork all converge into the Vermilion River west of Danville.
Flood stage for the Vermilion River is 18 feet, and at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, it had reached 15 feet, according to the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, which warned county residents that it would surpass flood stage later Tuesday night and continue to rise Wednesday, reaching more than 23 feet by Thursday morning.

The river is expected to fall below flood stage by early Friday morning.

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