MARSEILLES, Ill. (AP) - Officials say they've evacuated as many as 1,500 residents of the northern Illinois community of Marseilles after a possible levee break on the nearby Illinois River.
Connie Brooks of the Lasalle County Emergency Management Agency says the residents, including those in a nursing home, were evacuated late Thursday night after nine barges broke free of a tugboat and struck the levee. She says there is expected to be more flooding in the community of 5,100 residents southwest of Joliet when the river was expected to sometime Friday afternoon but that she did not expect that to prompt any more evacuations.
She says there were no reports of any injuries.
The Army Corps of Engineers in Rock Island says that efforts will be made Friday to remove the barges.
Two St. Charles County schools are closed today after a threat on a social media site.
Investigators say the schools at Assumption Parish in O’Fallon and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie are both closed. Dardenne Prairie police say someone posted a bomb threat on Instagram.
A third school also involved is remaining open. That school is Fort Zumwalt West Middle School. O'Fallon, MO police are patrolling around the school.
Police say at this point no one is in custody.
Heads up for drivers heading into and out of downtown this weekend. I-64 will be closed in both directions between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton starting at 8pm Friday night.
The Jefferson Avenue bridge over the highway will also close at 1 am Friday, as MoDOT crews work to remove the bridge and replace it.
The Jefferson Avenue bridge is more than 50-years old. It will be replaced with a wider, more well-lit bridge with wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
Eastbound traffic along Highway 40 will be forced to exit at Hampton Avenue and take I-44 into the city.
Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the 2100 Market Street exit and then onto Forest Park Parkway.
All ramps and lanes are schedule to be opened by 5am Monday. And don't worry about the weather: MoDOT says the work will be done rain or shine.