Weather forces Centralia to again lower gates at Raccoon Lake

CENTRALIA — City Manager Dan Ramey has announced the completion of this year’s scheduled concrete removal and replacement work at the Raccoon Dam.

Despite earlier notices that the lake gates would be opened on Nov 1st for approximately 3 weeks to allow the lake surface water to be lowered, current and forecast weather conditions have forced the City to again close the gates to Raccoon Lake thus allowing the lake water level to rise and fill the lake back up to its normal level.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for all of Southern Illinois, including Marion County, from late tonight through Wednesday morning.

A large scale storm system will bring heavy rainfall to our entire listening area. Some areas of Southern Illinois could see up to five inches of rain before the system exits the region on Wednesday.

There is also a 40-percent chance for additional rains on both Saturday, and Sunday.

The city expects to lower the lake again next year for additional concrete dam repairs and to also allow lake property owners to do any necessary boat dock repairs.

The city wishes to thank the boaters, fishermen, property owners, and the Raccoon Lake Association for their patience and cooperation during this period of time.