Multiple water rescues during ‘once-in-a-millennium’ flooding in McLean County

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Semi truck stuck in flooded road near Heyworth
136 heading west off the Havana McLain exit (Credit: Kimberly Wilson)
136 heading west off the Havana McLain exit (Credit: Kimberly Wilson)

HEYWORTH (WEEK) — Dozens of roads were closed Friday around Heyworth after heavy rains Friday morning.

Emergency response agencies in the region have posted on Facebook that at least two drivers had to be rescued after driving into flooded roads.

Around 11:00 AM, a driver and baby were stranded on top of their car outside Heyworth on 1700 East Rd. just north of 400 North Road.

Firefighters waded out to the stranded car in order to bring the driver and infant back to dry land. There were no injuries.

Photo: LeRoy Police Facebook

Robert Thomas shared a video of that rescue as well, which shows just how far that flooded area stretches.

Video: Robert Thomas/Central Illinois Weather and Emergencies

Around 2:00 PM, Heyworth EMS posted they were working their second water rescue of the day, reminding people not to drive through flooded roads.

Photos of second water rescue from Heyworth Fire and EMS

LeRoy Police said the roads that have been the biggest problem are “especially between LeRoy and Heyworth.”

25 Weather Tracker Chief Meteorologist Chuck Collins says flooding at the beginning of the month in Bloomington is characterized as a 500-year event, but this event is known as a once-in-a-millennium event.

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