Jefferson County is at risk of continuing flooding conditions throughout the summer months.
John McKee, Jefferson County Emergency Services Manager, “after the last couple rains we have had, the land in Jefferson County is completely saturated.”
The Little Blue River outside of Fairbury is filled to it’s banks and is at 17.66 ft., but if it rises above 18.05 ft. there will be minor flooding. The river reached 25.42 ft. on May 7, 2015 which considered major flooding conditions, but on June 5, 2015 the level was at 18.84 ft.
“If the Little Blue River does end up flooding again, it may have an affect on the roads, but I’m not sure yet,” McKee said.
Since the land is so saturated it will continue to hold water and when the rivers overflow, the water wont be soaked into the ground, creating flooding conditions when it rains.