Rain Across the County and Tri-State
Heavy rains fell across the Tri-State throughout much of Tuesday morning, causing flooded roads and overflowing ditches and streams.
Our WROY/WRUL rain gauge showed well over 4 inches of rain throughout the morning, a great deal of that coming within an hour Tuesday morning. The heavy rains made driving difficult for sometime throughout the area. However, the rains did let up by late morning and only scattered showers were reported Tuesday afternoon.
Other locations in White County reported rainfall amounts ranging from an inch up to close to 3 inches.
While ditches and streams were running over their banks in some areas, the National Weather Service indicated early this morning the Little Wabash River here in Carmi, should continue to a slow fall. It measured 25.4 feet this (wed) morning and should continue to fall through next Wednesday. Flood stage, here in Carmi is 27 feet.
The Skillet Fork was also beginning to fall back into its banks, and while yesterday’s rains will affect the Skillet some, it is also expected to continue a slow fall.
Due to the rapid rise of the rivers two weeks ago there were massive fish kills in spots along both the Skillet and Little Wabash, all adding to the offensive odors coming off the rivers last week. The fish kill was in plain sight at Eckerle Park here in Carmi, as the Little Wabash fell back into it’s banks, leaving dead fish along the lower spots around Eckerle Park.
Although there is a slight chance of early morning sprinkles today, the forecast is calling for dry conditions through Sunday…which will be good news for local farmers who have been stalled in their harvest progress due to Tuesday’s rain.