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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: 217/782-6953
June 5, 2002TTY: 217/524-4875

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is advising motorists that flooding continues to force the closing of some roadways in northwest Illinois. Motorists are advised to use caution and not attempt to drive through water-covered roadways unless emergency road crews are present to help you get through.

In Carroll County, about two miles west of Thomson, major damage has occurred on Argo-Fay Road as a result of our recent rains and flood conditions. About 300 to 400 feet of road have been washed out as a result of the Johnson Creek levy failure. Argo-Fay Road is closed and will remain closed until the damage can be repaired.

Illinois 84 at the Carroll/Whiteside County line is also covered with up to 5-inches of water as a result of the levy break. Illinois 84 is open to traffic but IDOT flagmen are stationed at both ends of the flooded area stopping traffic and directing one-way traffic through the flooded area. Please use extreme caution in this area and follow the direction of the flagmen. If there is any increase in water level the Department will be forced to close this section of road as well.

You can avoid these areas all together by taking a detour on Illinois 78 in Illinois or US 67 in Iowa.

Media outlets wanting to use photographs of the damaged area of Argo-Fay Road can find photos below. Also updated road closure information can also be found on the IDOT web site under "Road closures."

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