• Flood Watch for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: February 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm
    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. If you live in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth, and remember, flood waters are harder to see at night. Never cross a barricaded road.
    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.
    From 6 PM CST this evening through Sunday morning
    A consistent signal for locally heavy rain is forecast, especially tonight. Storm total average rainfall is forecast to range from one and a quarter to two and a quarter inches in the Watch area and, with thunderstorms forecast, localized higher totals up 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.
Current Weather

District 19 Troopers respond to two accidents with injuries on Saturday

Illinois State Police District 19 troopers responded to two accidents with injuries on Saturday.

At 4:39pm, troopers arrived at the Interstate 64 median, a quarter mile east of marker 109, where 19 year old Fisher Wagner and a 17 year old male juvenile, both of Fairfield, had collided.  According to the preliminary report, the 17 year old stopped his ATV suddenly, causing Wagner to crash his off road motorcycle into the rear of the ATV.

Wagner was taken by Wayne City ambulance to a local hospital, while the juvenile’s parents transported him to a hospital for treatment for his injuries. Both were charged with careless operation of off road vehicles and violating a controlled access highway.  Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Wayne City Fire Protection District and Wayne City Ambulance.


At 11:19pm, troopers responded to a single vehicle accident in Edwards County, where 50 year old Donna Shaner of West Salem ran off the road and struck a fence and utility pole when she lost control of her vehicle swerving to avoid hitting a deer.

Shaner was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.  Troopers were assisted by the Edwards County Sheriff’s Department and the Edwards County Ambulance service.