Flood warnings for area
Flood warnings were in effect early this week for the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois.
Recent heavy rainfall caused water levels to rise on both of the rivers.
Union County is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River.
The northwest part of the county is bordered by the Big Muddy River.
The flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service office in Paducah.
Minor flooding was occurring along both rivers.
The flood warning for the Mississippi River affected Union, Alexander and Jackson counties in Southern Illinois and Cape Girardeau, Perry and Scott counties in Southeast Missouri.
The flood warning at Cape Girardeau was forecast to continue through Tuesday morning.
At noon Monday, the river stage was at 32.1 feet. Flood stage is 32.0 feet. The river was expected to fall below flood stage after midnight on Tuesday.
The stage of the Big Muddy River near Murphysboro was reported to be at 23.8 feet at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Flood stage is 22.0 feet.
The river was expected to continue rising to near 24.0 feet by Monday evening. The river was expected to fall below flood stage early Wednesday afternoon.
Early this year, much of the region experienced major flooding.