• Flood Watch for Epworth - Click for Details
    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.
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Carmi – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Nathan Douglas, announces the ISP will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Saline County during February. The use of RSCs combine a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most importantly:

– Driving Under the Influence (DUI);

– Safety Belt and Child Restraint use;

– Speeding; – Distracted Driving; and,

– All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations.


Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.

This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”


  1. Lee YaklinJr
    Lee YaklinJr
    January 20, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Roadside safety checks are a violation or my right to travel freely without impediments by military or police..they can only stop me under a mutual consent contact or by investigating a suspected crime.by simply driving, I should not be automatically suspected of a criminal offense nor do I ever give my consent for a mutual contract, there fore I should be able to pass through a checkpoint without being investigated..

    • Dominic Richardson
      Dominic Richardson
      January 22, 2021 at 4:22 am

      Dude, just cool it with the “sovereign citizen” nonsense. That’s now how it works, and no one believes you, or cares.

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