Flooding Claims 5 Lives, Closes Roads And More is Still Falling

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It’s going to be a record book rain fall before it finally ends Monday afternoon. The featured image is Ripson Bridge, courtesy of Tony Brooks.

The heavy rain has closed several roads around Bond County, and many more have water sitting on them. Local police are working to help identify roads that are closed, but use extreme caution while traveling today.

dolls orchard, and yes there is a road there somewhere
Doll’s orchard road

As of 6AM Monday morning 7.38 inches of rain had fallen at the Sewer Plant in Greenville. Totals of around 10+ inches have been reported around the northern Bond County and Southern Montgomery county area.

dolls orchard looking east

Another 1-3 inches could fall before the system finally moves out of our area by Monday afternoon.

Flooding is the most dangerous severe weather event. Five people were killed Saturday night when their vehicle was swept off of Farthing Road east of Patoka Saturday night. Three adults and two children traveling from Kentucky were the victims. The car was washed about 150-200 feet away from the road according to police.
WJBD in Salem reports that Centralia Police dispatchers received a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after the vehicle had run into high water on the isolated rural roadway. Shortly into the call, the phone reportedly went dead.

Patroka firemen were paged to assist. Divers from the Keyesport and Greenville Fire Departments assisted in rescue and recovery efforts.
All five people in the vehicle were reportedly pronounced dead on the scene by the Marion County Coroner.