Flooding Leads to Closure of I-70 Between Greenville and Pocahontas

Heavy to moderate rain continued to fall into the afternoon on Monday causing even more flooding. Greenville had seen over 8.5 inches of rain from Saturday until mid morning on Monday.

Flash flood warnings, wind advisories and flood watches all blanketed the area over the weekend into Monday.

The situation led to Interstate 70, between the Pocahontas and Millersburg Road exits, being closed, both eastbound and westbound. The water that closed the interstate was coming from the Long Lake area, in the Shoal Creek bottoms, just east of the Pocahontas exit. That has led to traffic backups on Route 40, due to traffic being detoured.

I-70 was closed around 7:15AM on Monday and remains closed Tuesday.
Sheriff Jeff Brown told WGEL about that in all his years in Bond County he never remembers closing I-70 due to high water.

Several other roads in Bond County are closed to traffic and/or have water on them. They include Terrapin Ridge Road, Dudleyville Road, Old Ripley Road, Ripson Bridge Avenue, Red Ball Trail, Sorento Avenue, Rocky Mountain Road, Ayers Road near the bottom of Mill Hill, Doll’s Orchard Avenue, and Illinois Rt. 140 west of Smithboro.

This is not a complete list, as motorists might encounter flood water on other county roads. Even with the rain ending yesterday afternoon and evening, flooding will continue for some time in our area.