Severe flooding strands dozens of vehicles near Marseilles, USA
Marseilles firefighters rescued a number of travelers stranded by flooding on Interstate 80 near Marseilles Saturday night.
Marseilles Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hollenbeck said a portion of I-80 was reduced to one lane for a time, because of flooding, with some cars hydroplaning into ditches and the median. There were no injuries, as far as Hollenbeck knew, but occupants of at least one car, which was stuck in deep water, waited on the car’s roof for rescue.
Hollenbeck, who is also a Marseilles city commissioner, said a portion of U.S. 6 near Marseilles had been down to one lane, because of water on the pavement. In Marseilles itself, part of Main Street was flooded and there was debris washed onto Rutland Street. Hollenbeck added that several gates were open on the lock and dam, which looked to be in order.
As of 9:30 p.m., the water had subsided on the roads, according to Hollenbeck, with a street crew working to remove the debris from Rutland Street.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office also reported earlier in the night that two county roads in the Marseilles-Seneca area, as well as one road near Lowell, were closed because of flooding.
Courtesy of mywebtimes.com