CITY OF WATSEKA, IL

A progressive community located in Iroquois County, 90 miles south of Chicago, Watseka, Illinois provides big city convenience in a rural setting.

City Hall

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Watseka’s New City Municipal Center was built in 2009. It now holds the police department offices and City Hall offices.  The Current Mayor is Robert Harwood.  All City Committee meetings and Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers. The water bills are paid at this location as well as getting any permits that are needed through code enforcement. City Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 to 4:30

Lakeview Park

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Lakeview Park was built in 2007. I has a ¾ mile walking path around a 5.5 acre stocked fishing area. Lakeview also has a fishing pier. There is a pavilion that was donated by the local Kiwanis club that can be reserved at any time for parties by calling City Hall at 815-432-2711. Lakeview Park also has a skate park, playground equipment and a basketball court.

Ordinance NO. 2418

An Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2403, Authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds is available as a DOWNLOAD PDF

July 13, 2015

The City of Watseka has delclared a Local Disaster Emergency effective today. The declaration is based on "
flooding of homes, businesses and infrasctructure.  Residents have been displaced and businesses forced to close due to flooding. The declaration shall remain in effect until July 20, 2015 unless sooner rescinded.

Access to Watseka is restricted to the East and South. Several streets in town have been closed and the West Junction of Rts 1 and 24 is closed. Detours around Watseka have been setup by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

A shelter operated by the Red Cross has been setup at Trinity Church on the East side of Watseka. Anyone needing evacuation and or rescue should call 911. The Watseka Fire Department is the Incident Command and is conducting all evacuation and rescue. Anyone evacuating by any other means is asked to call 815-432-2711 and leave their name, address, and where they have evacuated to. This is to prevent looking for those who need assistance and have already evacuated.

We request that everyone please observe the road closed signs and barricaded streets and not drive around them. This prevents possible damage to foundations of homes in the flood waters. Anyone observed driving around barricades will be subject to arrest. 

Sandbags are available at City Hall for those in need of them. They are limited to 50 per household and you must fill and get them yourself.

More rain is in the forecast for the upcoming week. It is not known when flood waters are expected to recede. 

All City departments are operating 24/7 for the duration of this event. 

At this time volunteers are not needed as the City departments are able to handle the emergency. 

FINALLY, THE CITY IS INSTITUTING A CURFEW EFFECTIVE JULY 31,2015 UNTIL JULY 20, 2015 FROM 10PM UNTIL 6AM DAILY. PLEASE OBSERVE THIS CURFEW.

July 14, 2015

Overnight rains around the area have caused concern that the River and Creek may rise one foot in the next 18 to 24 hours. Stream gauges are indicating this possibility. If the water does rise it will slow the crest in Watseka. There is no sure way to make a determination of when the crest may occur. Under past flooding situations when the water crests at Iroquois and Milford the crest will occur within 24 to 36 hours in Watseka. This does not apply to this situation due to the various fluctuations on the River and Creek. Overnight the River came up 1.5 inches and the Creek dropped 2 inches. 

As of today the Watseka Fire Department, assistance from other area Departments have evacuated families from 28 homes on the North and West side of Watseka. 47 families have self-evacuated from the same area. Checks for well-being have been provided to 5 residences. Evacuations have slowed, but still continue.

The American Red Cross shelter at Trinity Church is housing over 50 people as of today. 

Ameren Illinois and NICOR gas will shut off electric or gas supply under two conditions: if the customer requests the service be shut off, or, if the Service Representative of either utility determines that a safety issues exists due to the flood waters.  NEITHER UTILITY IS RANDOMLY SHUTTING OFF ELECTRIC OR GAS SUPPLY.

Overnight one semi driver was ticketed for driving around the barricades at the West Junction and driving through the flood waters. A second report of an individual falling out of a boat and drowning was incorrect. The subject received minor injuries and was treated and released at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. These two events confirm what we have stated all along, do not drive around barricades and if you do not need to be out don't be. People need to take their safety seriously in and around flood waters.