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Heavy rain, flooding expected through Friday morning with potential for severe weather Thursday night

From National Weather Service, 3:03 a.m. Wednesday

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[April 02, 2014]  An extended period of wet weather will produce heavy rainfall amounts through Friday.

A flood watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday morning for the counties of Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Cass, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and Lawrence, including the cities of Lincoln, Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Taylorville, Decatur, Charleston, Mattoon, Shelbyville, Effingham, Flora and Lawrenceville

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a flood watch from Wednesday evening through early Friday morning for portions of central, east-central and southeast Illinois, including the following areas:

  • In central Illinois: Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby counties.

  • In east-central Illinois: Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion counties.

  • In southeast Illinois: Clay, Crawford, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties.

Periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected across central and southeast Illinois through Thursday night. One of these periods will be Wednesday night and Thursday morning, with another Thursday night. Over the course of the next few days, rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches are expected, with the heaviest totals between the corridors of Interstate 72 and 70.

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As the ground becomes thoroughly saturated, the rain will begin to run off. This will cause areas of flooding, especially where there is poor drainage. River flooding is likely to develop by late week as well.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.


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[Text from National Weather Service, Lincoln office]

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