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Weekend rain valuable for some, aggravating for others

Flooded streets in Du Quoin | by Aaron Price
Flooded streets in Du Quoin | by Aaron Price

7/19/2021 | 7:59 a.m.

PERRY / FRANKLIN COUNTY - Record flooding late last week has come with its fair share of problems, but is valuable for some local farmers.

WFCN News was in Du Quoin and Benton on Friday afternoon as torrential downpours flooded many areas throughout the communities, including Routes 51 and 152.

Overall, the month of July has been relatively dry for most of the region. Perry County farmer Tim Allen says he didn't expect the entire month's rain to come in one day.

"I was happy with the rainfall we received on Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday really sort of overdid it for me," Allen said. "When you live or farm in our area, you just have to take chances. You are at the mercy of mother nature," he continued.

Route 152 was flooded Friday afternoon west of Du Quoin. (Aaron Price photo)
Route 152 was flooded Friday afternoon west of Du Quoin. (Aaron Price photo)

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, some areas in our region received around 9 inches of rainfall, not including scattered showers on Sunday.

The DuQuoin Fire Department says they recovered nearly a dozen vehicles in city limits on Friday, and assisted many drivers throughout the weekend.

Flooded roadways and stranded vehicles were also reported in Jefferson and northwestern Franklin County.

This week is expected to be mostly dry, with small rain chances returning later in the week.

A stalled vehicle in Benton on Friday. (Aaron Price photo)
A stalled vehicle in Benton on Friday. (Aaron Price photo)
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