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    Effective: February 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm
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    A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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    Flood Watch to include portions of southern Illinois...southwest Indiana and southeast Missouri, including the following areas, in southern Illinois, Alexander, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson. In southwest Indiana, Gibson and Pike. In southeast Missouri, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Perry MO, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne MO.
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    From this evening through Sunday morning
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    A consistent signal for locally heavy rain is forecast, especially Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Storm total average rainfall is forecast to be up to 2 inches in the Watch area and, with thunderstorms forecast, localized higher totals to 3 inches or more are possible. This amount of cumulative rainfall will be falling on recently soaked grounds from melted snowfall, so the ability to soak in all this expected rainfall will be compromised and likely to cause flood issues.
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Coroner’s Report Reveals How Many White Countians We Lost in 2020

During the White County Board meeting Tuesday, we got a chance to take a look at Coroner Chris Marsh’s annual report.  We already knew 2020 was a tough year; taking a look at the report gives us some scope however.  The report reveals there were 182 total deaths in White County for the year with 6 of them ruled as accidental along with 7 suicides and a single homicide.  The coroner’s office completed 49 investigations and requested a total of 6 autopsies over the period.  Cremation continues to grow in popularity as the coroner’s report shows 70 White Countians chose that manner as their final wishes.  Marsh says there were 22 total CoViD related deaths in the county.

 

Unfortunately, It’s impossible to get a good idea of whether the county is organically growing or shrinking.  Without a hospital that handles obstetrics and the Department of Public Health’s most recent data being 2018, the county only reported a single birth in 2020.  Given reports on the mass exodus of people from states like Illinois and California, it’s hard not to assume that White County by population continues to shrink.

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