SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Flash flooding made for hazardous travel Thursday as 2 1/2 to 3 inches of rain fell causing ditches to fill, creeks to overflow and roadways to quickly be submerged in swiftly moving water.
Shelby County deputies and Shelby County Dive Team were kept busy with calls of vehicles being carried into ditches by the currents on highways and rural roads. No injuries were reported in any of the calls.
"The dive team was called out at least three times," said Shelby County EMA director Jared Rowcliffe. "There is still flooding today (Friday). Any road that typically floods is flooded. Drivers need to stay off flooded roads and find another route."
Lake Shelbyville level Friday morning was 601.8 feet, higher than normal summer pool, and rising. The expected crest is Tuesday, April 23, at 609 feet. Outflow from the dam will be increasing Friday evening.
According to the National Weather Service, Shelby County has received 3 to 6 inches of rain in the past 5 days with the far northwestern part of the county receiving approximately 3 inches and the far eastern areas receiving approximately 6 inches. The majority of the county has received 4 to 5 inches of rain.
Forecasts for the weekend call for partly sunny and warmer temperatures, but rain returns Monday through Wednesday.