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Metro-east forecast calls for cloudy skies, but no more rain on Sunday

Rain and flooding brought many rescues, injuries and close calls to the Belleville area.
Rain and flooding brought many rescues, injuries and close calls to the Belleville area. Belleville Fire Department

The chaos in Southern Illinois brought on by heavy rainfall from remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon had cleared on Sunday following a hectic weekend.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties. The storm brought up to 5 inches of rain in some places and flooded roads and farm fields.

The warning was extended to northern Randolph County, northwestern Monroe County and northwestern St. Clair County.

Eight metro-east residents that had been stranded in the flooding were rescued by the Belleville Fire Department and St. Clair County Emergency Services on Saturday, a Facebook post from the fire department said.

On Friday night, the Belleville Fire Department rescued a woman from a vehicle submerged in water up to its windows in the 1300th block of South 11th Street, another post said.

Rainfall totals in the metro-east area varied, a National Weather Service meteorologist said on Sunday. The highest came from Randolph County, with 9.2 inches in Prairie du Rocher.

The forecast for Sunday night in Belleville did not call for any more rain, but a cloudy early evening with gradual clearing and a low of 57 degrees.

Traffic in Southern Illinois will continue as normal on Monday, Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said. No additional roads had been closed.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic
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