LOCAL RIVER AND LAKE LEVELS
Flooding has hit Illinois and the entire Midwest hard this spring, and the worst is still to come in the metro east. The Mississippi River, at St. Louis and Grafton, is not expected to crest until Sunday. Along the Mississippi, in the metro east, water is 5-12 feet above flood stage and rising. Locally, the Kaskaskia River, at Vandalia, is well below flood stage at 10.2 feet, as of Wednesday. We spoke with Jeff Liedner with the water plant in Greenville about Governor Bond Lake. Liedner said the lake was seven inches above normal earlier this week, but has likely dropped some since then. While seven inches is a significant amount, it is not high enough to cause damage or serious concern. Carlyle Lake is also slightly higher than normal.
O NEGATIVE AND B NEGATIVE BLOOD SUPPLIES LOW
Supplies of O Negative and B Negative blood, in the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, have reached critical levels. Donors are urgently needed, especially those with these types of blood. About seven percent of the people in the United States have O Negative blood, which can be transfused into anyone, regardless of their blood type, and those with B Negative blood are rare.
To donate blood, you must be seventeen years old (sixteen with a signed parent permission form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health the day you donate. Call 1-800-448-3543 to find a donation opportunity near you.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO MEET
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday, June 19th at 7:00 PM in the Boardroom. A lengthy agenda includes reports and updates on community education, on-line enrollment, capital projects, technology, and a student satisfaction survey. Several resolutions are slated for action as well as approval of employment for administrative and instructional positions. The board will consider proceeding with bids for the soccer field, vendors for furniture and equipment, and approval of collective bargaining contracts. Greenville construction and a Greenville Fall Preview Open House are on the August agenda.