Sullivan County residents stack sandbags in case levee breaks

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Hoosiers were worried a levee would break, causing flash flooding in Sullivan County Wednesday.

Crews placed sandbags along the levee, which follows the Wabash River. They were concerned it would flood State Road 154 about a mile west of Graysville. Crews monitored the river and levee. They determined the levee was not as saturated and looked in good condition, but crews did not want to take any chances.

Alisa Pennington went home early because she was concerned. Her home is on a hill next to the highway and levee.

“(I came home) just in case the levee was  to give, which you know we don’t know. (I wanted to) pack some necessities and get to dry land,” Pennington said.

While Hoosiers were hopeful the levee would not break, people who live in Hutsonville, Ill., want it to break because there were areas underwater. Hutsonville is less than 10 miles away from Graysville.

Tony Noblitt visited his mother’s home. He wanted to check how much damage it had. He said he has seen it worse.

“It’s scary for Hutsonville,” Tony Noblitt said.

INDOT crews placed barricades next to the highway in Illinois. At first, they thought they were going to block it. It was not. Instead crews placed signs that flashed, warning people to slow down.