Heavy thunderstorms Saturday morning brought a return of flood waters to Du Quoin and the surrounding communities following a week of largely dryer conditions.
Severe weather that entered the area early May 20 brought several inches of quickly accumulating rain and washed out many spots prone to usual flooding, including the parking lot at the Southtowne Shopping Center. Many side streets and yards in Du Quoin also were submerged in water.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning just after 6:30 a.m. that morning for Perry and Jackson counties, anticipating imminent flooding in Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Carbondale, Murphysboro, De Soto, Elkville, Hurst, Ava, Tamaroa, Willisville, Grand Tower, the Cedar Lake area, Makanda, Cutler, Dowell, Campbell Hill, Vergennes, Gorham and St. Johns.
Once the storm system passed, dryer conditions prevailed for the weekend.