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Weekend rains contribute to
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[JULY 12, 2004]  The National Weather Service reported that an additional 1 to 3 inches rain fell across the area in two rounds this weekend, one late Friday evening and another on Sunday about 6 p.m. Lincoln recorded 2 inches, and 1.87 inches fell in Chestnut. The area average of 2.24 inches for the month is seven-tenths of an inch above average. Rains were heavy in most of the area, NWS agent Kirk Huettle said.

While Logan County had no reports of damage related to the storms, other surrounding counties did have urban flooding (roadways, etc.), lightning and wind damage. To the west and north, Knox County, Galesburg and Peoria had tree damage related to winds. All around Logan County, including Decatur to the southeast, there was lightning damage and some area power outages.

The Logan County Sheriff's Department and Lincoln Rural Fire Department conducted a two-hour search and rescue on Kickapoo Creek on Sunday afternoon when a canoe party was reported late in returning. The search was canceled when the individuals arrived unharmed.

The rains have kept area creeks up and grounds moist, and when the sun does break through it has made the outdoors seem like one giant sauna. Terry Storer from ESDA suggests that with conditions right for further rains this week you should be aware of the potential for flooding and practice flood precautions.

[Jan Youngquist]

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