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    “Woman, three children rescued from flooded SUV near Mascoutah “


    Mascoutah woman and her three young children were safely rescued from the family’s flooded SUV Wednesday morning after the mom drove past a warning sign and got stuck on the same flooded road where a car got stuck the day before.

    The woman, whose name was not released, was traveling with her 1-year-old twins and a 3-year-old when she became trapped by the water.

    The vehicle was more than halfway submerged in the floodwater around 8:30 a.m. in the 7600 block of Brickyard Road, south of Mascoutah. The area is surrounded by creeks, many of which are out of their banks because of recent heavy rains and storms. As the woman proceeded through the water to the other side of the road she lost control of the vehicle in the rushing water and drove into a flooded ditch.

    There was a sign on the side of the road indicating the road was closed because of rising water, according to St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson.

    The woman called 911 when she could not get her vehicle out of the flood waters and St. Clair County deputies as well as Mascoutah ambulance personnel were dispatched. Emergency workers waded out to her SUV and were able to safely rescue the woman and her children.

    No injuries were reported.

    On Tuesday a vehicle became stuck in the water on the same road and had to be towed, Johnson said. Barricades have been placed on the road to warn people of the danger.

    Authorities are advising motorists to keep an eye out for rising waters as the rains continue to fall.

    “”If you see water over the roadway do not drive through it,”” Johnson said. “”You never know how deep it will be or if the road gave way underneath it. Your life is not worth taking a short cut.””

    The rain is expected to fall most of the day and possibly tonight throughout the metro-east, according to the National Weather Service.

    There is an 80 percent chance of showers throughout Wednesday and a 30 percent chance for evening showers. Temperatures should remain mild, with a high of 60 and a low of 44 degrees.

    In New Athens, the Kaskaskia River reached major flood stage Tuesday and rose Wednesday to 86.5 feet, or nearly 7 feet above flood stage of 79 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

    Smitty’s at the Marina, a popular New Athens business, temporarily closed its doors because of the high waters, according to a voicemail message.

    “”Due to flood waters, our bar and restaurant will be closed until at least Thursday,”” stated the message.

    The Hawg Pit BBQ in Grafton is closed due to flood waters and the section of the Great River Road that runs through Grafton is closed. The Grafton section of the Great River Roadis the lowest point along the road. Motorists are being routed through Grafton via another road.

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