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:
Illinois: Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Menard, Morgan,
Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby counties.
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.
[Text from National Weather Service,