High waters remain along the Illinois River in Schuyler County

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High waters remain along the Illinois river in Schuyler County, Illinois. It’s affecting services and people’s work.

“We’ve been setting nets out, trying to catch the cat fish, pretty hard to do […] because the fish got all kinds of areas to go to instead of being concentrated in certain deep pools,” said Fisherman Steve Ashcraft.

He said the flood waters have made the last few weeks tough. Some people living in browning, Illinois, still have water on their doorsteps, and local services like the fire department and post office are also dealing with the flood.

“Well the post office, a week ago Friday, they moved it to the local church and that’s where there they’re doing the post office, the rural carriers all meet there and people pick their mail up,” said Ashcraft.

For other residents in the area, high flood waters filling corn fields like these turns their homes into temporary riverfront property

“It’s beautiful right now, I’ve got a lake front property, otherwise by now the corn would be growing and everything and that’s what we would have here– and right now it’s the best fishing spot you could have,” said Schuyler County resident Cliff Lewis.

He said he’s enjoyed spending time with his grandson catching catfish in the corn field next to his house. But he said it’s time for the water to go down before things get worse.

“The road was a couple of years ago closed down at Frederick and you couldn’t get to work and if you did go to work it was another 30 miles to it,” said Lewis recalling

“I think it’ll be a slow fall, with the Mississippi high it’ll hold up the Illinois from draining so I think it’ll be a slow fall,” said Ashcraft.

While there is still some water on the road in spots along Route 100 near Browning, cars are able to drive through to Beardstown, Illinois now.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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