MARION — Street superintendent Doug Phillips reports that rain that fell in the region Thursday night had little or no impact on the city.

Philips said the break of a day or two in the weather allowed his department to be proactive in its preparation for another wave of wet weather.

“We were able to break up our teams and divert them to areas that were in need of extra attention, like drains and catch basins, and that made a big difference,” he said.

Cleanup efforts have been constant since several inches of rain caused flooding this past weekend, Phillips said.

“We have carted away six to eight truckloads of debris a day, and have had to contend with clearing away a lot of mud, but the streets are in good shape,” he said.

Phillips praised his crews for their hard work and flexibility.

“Across the board it was a good effort,” he said.

Officials from the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency on Friday updated a list of road closures throughout the county.

The following county roads remain closed due to water over the roads or flooded roads: North Bend Road, Clifford Road, Meridian, Friendship, Chittyville, Stiritz, Lockeyville Road, Freeman Spur Road, Wards Mill Road, and Canaville Road.

In Hurst, Gosnell Road, Hubb Street, Russel Street and Hestand Street are also closed.

Roads in Herrin and Johnston City are now all open.

The Williamson County EMA encouraged residents to have a plan of action in place for home evacuation should the need arise, and motorists are reminded to detour away from flooded roadways. Children should not be allowed to play in floodwaters, the agency said.


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