Dozens of people were given the mandatory order to leave their homes in parts of west Fairbury last Thursday as flood waters from the swollen Little Blue River threatened houses and buildings.
The order came down from the City of Fairbury shortly before 7 a.m. as nearly 11 inches of rainfall northwest of Fairbury pushed the Little Blue to an all-time record high level of 25.42 feet shattering the old record of 24.33 feet set in 1992.
According to Fairbury Chief of Police Chad Sprunk rapidly rising water west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks was deemed to be a life threatening event. He said his department was ordered to oversee the removal of residents from that area. He said residents were asked to leave immediately and were not allowed time to gather personal belongings. The evacuation order included Parkview Manor near City Park.