Crops remain flooded as Iroquois River falls in Watseka

WATSEKA, Ill. (AP) — State and federal agriculture officials plan to tour flood damage in the Watseka area as water levels on the Iroquois River start to fall.

Last week the Iroquois County city’s mayor had issued a disaster declaration and curfew. That’s when the Iroquois River and Sugar Creek water levels reached more than 24 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet. On Monday morning the waterways were just less than 17 feet.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson plans to tour flooded fields in the area Monday with representatives from the USDA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association and others.

Officials estimate that 40 percent of the crops in the county have standing water.

Watseka is about 90 miles south of Chicago and has 5,200 residents.