Flood watch keeps city officials prepared

By Beau Ebenezer

Flood watch keeps city officials prepared

January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- An areal flood watch is in affect for Tuesday night. Some roads have already been blocked off throughout Peoria. However, these showers didn't damper the excitement for record breaking temperatures Tuesday afternoon.

"This is the end of January and it is very muggy. It feels like spring in New Orleans or something. A person doesn't actually need to take a vacation. You can just be right here," said Chicago resident Camilla Asaly.

Tuesday, Central Illinois reached the highest recorded temperature in January for nearly 100 years.

The high was 64 degrees, beating an almost century old record of 61.

However, as the day progressed, the warm January weather brought in a storm system that didn't feel much like a vacation at all.

Peoria has recorded about 1.5 inches and counting.This rain is expected to put a dent in our still moderate drought status.

However, public works officials across Central Illinois had to make sure they were prepared for street flooding.

"We'll send out crews ahead of time, both, to clean a lot of the lines out and make sure we minimize the potential for backup. Also, we check those intersections that are always flooding," said Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch.

Flooding is not the only problem they will have to keep an eye out for.

A mixture of rain and snow is expected to hit Central Illinois Wednesday.

"The timing is very important for when you start putting salt down. If you start putting salt down too quickly, it just washes away, it's ineffective, and it's a waste of money. If you wait too long, then bonds begin to from between the ice and the pavement, and it is harder to get that bond to break," said Karch.

Tuesday's spring-like conditions were only temporary.

By Thursday, temperatures are expected to be back down to single digits.

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