TRAFFIC STOPPED ON I-70 DUE TO ACCIDENT
Heavy rain throughout the listening area created hazardous driving conditions Thursday, April 18. An accident on I-70 west bound between the Highland exits had traffic stopped for more than two hours Thursday. According to District 11 Illinois State Police, a FedEx truck overturned after it collided with a passenger car in the west bound lane. There were no injuries. Officially in Greenville, as recorded at 6:00 a.m. today, Friday, 4.0 inches were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 4.35 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 4.27 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. WGEL heard from several listeners about water on roadways, including Route 140 and 127, Idler, Ayers, 4th Street, Rocky Mountain Road and Woburn Road, and a sinkhole on Mt. Tabor Road according to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department.
PHOTOS OF LOCAL FLOODING
Spillway picture by Mike Waugh
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL ANNOUCES CLOSING OF FAIR OAKS
Greenville Regional Hospital confirmed the closing of Fair Oaks Nursing Home effective July 15. President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, Brian Nall, said the decision came with a very heavy heart. According to Nall, is costs the hospital $140.00 per day per resident at Fair Oaks. The hospital was compensated $109.00 per day for Medicaid residents and $127.00 per day for private pay residents. Fair Oaks has lost around $300,000.00 per year for the last two years. Nall also said the state of Illinois is about nine months behind in payments to Greenville Regional Hospital.
Currently there are 62 residents at Fair Oaks and Nall said the hospital is working with residents and their families to find them care in our local area. More than 60 full and part time employees work at Fair Oaks and Nall hopes some of them will find employment at other parts of the hospital or with nursing homes caring for ex-Fair Oaks residents.
The hospital set July 15 as the closing date for Fair Oaks Nursing Home which has been in operation for 44 years. Nall said no final decision has been made about the future of the Fair Oaks building, but with the estimated cost of repairs and updating being in the millions it is very possible the building might be torn down.
SOME SORENTO STREETS CLOSED TODAY
According to Sorento Village Water Department Employee Julie Leneave, some streets in the village will be closed Friday, April 19, for water line work from about 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 1714 – 1695 New Douglas Avenue. These streets will be closed Friday; East Willow Street to Sieman Street, South East Street to Illinois Street, and East Illinois Street to Sieman Street. Motorists are also asked to take special precautions on West and Center Streets today as water line workers will also be on these streets.