5/31/2019 1:58:00 PM Flash flooding from storm hits W. Union hard
Leftover sandbags rest near the parking lot of the West Union Cafe after heavy rains flooded out the area. It is believed that six inches of rain fell on the area in just three hours Wednesday night. Friends, family, local residents and other volunteers worked hard and fast to fill the bags that went all around the restaurant in effort to keep water out. (Tom Compton photo)
Thunderstorms dumped as much as seven inches of rain in less than three hours along a narrow line from west off Effingham to the Fairbanks, Ind., area.
In West Union around six inches of rain fell, flooding out the area along Illinois Route 1. The West Union Cafe and other businesses and homes are cleaning up this morning.
Cheryl Turner, owner of the cafe, said they were on the porch at home when the storm started and watched as the rain continued fall in torrents. Local residents, employees and family members rushed to sandbag around the award-winning restaurant to help keep the water out. According to Turner, water did make it into the north dinning room, partially in the front and back areas.
Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Steven McKillop arrived in West Union and helped lead sandbagging efforts around the cafe.
As the water began to rise in the rear of the restaurant, residents began moving vehicles to higher ground. A neighbor's recently renovated Camaro was caught in the flooding and Turner said she rescued it after wading water up to her knees. The car still had water in the floor boards, but was at least no longer sitting in the water.
Turner and daughter Kaycee Adams said people from the community came together to help sandbag around the restaurant and her home.
Turner said the cafe is closed for now, but help had already started cleanup early this morning and she hoped to be open Friday.
In West York high winds along the edge of the storm brought down trees and power lines.
Many people needing to travel reported high water over road all along Illinois Route 1 and Indiana Highway 63.
The Sugar Creek, Ind., Fire Department had to perform a water rescue near Farmersburg, on Middletown Drive. It was reported they had to evacuate an elderly couple from their home. In total, three people and a dog were rescued.
The rain gage at the Wabash River bridge in Hutsonville measured 2.12 inches of rain just before midnight, and the river is currently at 19.5 feet.