Frozen floodwaters could threaten Illinois over weekend

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)- Temperatures forecast to drop below freezing this weekend could cause trouble for Illinoisans dealing with recent flooding.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in central and southeastern Illinois will drop Saturday night to as low as 11 degrees. On Sunday, temperatures are forecast at lows of 6 to 15 degrees.

Dave Thompson is marketing director at Woods Basement Systems in Collinsville. He tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that homeowners should inspect foundations and basement walls for new cracks. Water expands when frozen and could add pressure to foundations and basements.

Sangamon County emergency management director David Butt says many ditches are still filled with water and the freezing weather could create road hazards.

Although waters have started to subside, Illinois has seen flooding along rivers including the Mississippi, Sangamon and Illinois.