• River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 02, 2021 @ 11:08am
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas. Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued this evening.
    LOCATION
    Flood Warning for the Wabash River at New Harmony.
    FORECAST
    The river is expected to rise above flood stage late Tuesday morning and continue rising to a crest of 18.2 feet Sunday evening...March 7th.
    DURATION
    From Tuesday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 9:30 AM CST Sunday the stage was 10.2 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Impact...At 19.0 feet, Harmonie State Park is closed. Surrounding bottomland is flooded.
  • River Flood Warning for Epworth - Click for Details
    Effective: March 01, 2021 @ 6:00am
    Expires: December 31, 2049 @ 6:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information is available at www.weather.gov. The next statement will be issued this evening at 800 PM CST.
    LOCATION
    Flood Warning for the Little Wabash River at Carmi.
    FORECAST
    The river will rise above flood stage tomorrow morning to 27.5 feet Tuesday evening. It will then fall to 27.4 feet and begin rising again early Wednesday morning. It will rise to 28.6 feet early Saturday morning. It will then fall again but remain above flood stage.
    DURATION
    From Monday morning until further notice.
    INFO1
    At 8:30 AM CST Sunday the stage was 23.4 feet.
    INFO2
    Flood stage is 27.0 feet.
    INFO3
    Minor flooding is forecast.
    INFO4
    Impact...At 27.0 feet, The inundation of county roads begins.
  • Flood Watch for Epworth - Click for Details
    Expires: February 28, 2021 @ 12:00pm
    PRECAUTIONARY
    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.
    LOCATION
    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.
    DURATION
    Until Noon CST today
    INFO1
    A consistent signal for locally heavy rain is forecast, especially tonight. Storm total average rainfall is forecast to range from one to two inches in the Watch area and, with thunderstorms forecast, localized higher totals 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

IDPH Announces Region 5 Moves into Tier 1 Mitigation – Limited Indoor Dining

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 5, southern Illinois (Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson), has met the metrics to move out of Tier 2 mitigations and into Tier 1 mitigations, which will allow limited indoor dining.

“I am excited to see southern Illinois move into Tier 1 mitigations and I encourage them to continue to practice personal protective actions so they can get back to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “This should serve as motivation for other regions.  However, I do want to caution that moving back through tiers does not mean abandoning your mask or attending large events and gatherings.  We must continue to watch our distance and wear our masks and get vaccinated when it we become eligible.”

 

Tier 1

Bars and Restaurants

•        Indoor service limited to lesser of 25% or 25 people per room

•        Establishment must serve food for indoor service

•        Reservations required and limited to 2 hours

•        No tables exceeding 4 people indoors

•        Bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and may reopen no earlier than 6 a.m. the following day

Meetings, social

events and gatherings

(including weddings,

funerals, potlucks, etc.)

•        Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors

•        Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.

•        Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, or sports.

•        This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc.

Organized group

recreational activities

(fitness centers, sports,

etc.)

•        Sports should follow the mitigation measures set forth in the All Sport Guidelines, which outlines appropriate levels of practice and competition based on individual sport risk

•        Face coverings must be worn at all times in fitness centers, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing.

 

Tier 1 requires a region to meet the following metrics:

1) A test positivity rate below 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND
2) Greater than or equal to 20% available staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 3-day rolling average; AND
3) No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

Beginning January 16, 2021, staffed ICU and medical/surgical hospital beds will be based on a 7-day rolling average to help stabilize the numbers and reduce the variations associated with natural hospital admission trends.

Regional COVID-19 metrics can be found on the IDPH website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].

1 comment
  1. Karen Lambert
    Karen Lambert
    January 18, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I’m in region 3 & am high risk. My question is how can my elderly, bed ridden Dad get his vaccine? Does Sangamon County have a traveling nurse to help those who can’t afford to be in a nursing home?

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