Clinton County, Illinois
Carlyle, Ill., Mar 6 - The water in the Kaskaskia River is rising four inches an hour, a total rise of 11 feet since Thursday. The water is higher than for ten years. Scores of families living south of here have been compelled to leave their homes. The suspension bridge here is threatened with destruction. [Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 7 Mar 1897 - Transcribed by Courtney Birkes]
Heavy Rains Have Swollen the Streams, Bridges Are Down, and Roads Are Impassable.
Carlyle, Ill., March 22 - [Special] - For two weeks rain has been falling here almost incessantly and today the heaviest rainfall known in many years has been experienced. The Kaskaskia is over two miles in width and is rising rapidly. Country travel is greatly impeded. Bridges are washed away or are under water. Many large fields of wheat have been submerged by the overflow of the Kaskaskia. [Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 23 Mar 1898 - Transcribed by Courtney Birkes]