UPDATED 8:15 a.m. Friday
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign public works crews returned to the streets at 7 a.m. Friday to clean up debris from a brief summer storm that swept through the city early Thursday evening.
Stacy Rachel of the public works department said crews were out from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday cleaning up downed limbs and other tree debris.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the following counties until 2 a.m. Friday: Edgar, Coles and Shelby. Be prepared to take shelter if storms become severe.
UPDATED 11:50 a.m.Thursday.
RANTOUL — A boil order has been lifted in Rantoul.
The Public Works Department lifted the boil order Thursday morning, and water in Rantoul is now safe to use, after two water main breaks were repaired Wednesday.
ROYAL — The village is asking residents to restrict their water use.
The village recently posted signs asking for the voluntary restriction, saying that Royal's water plant is approaching its maximum capacity of 70,000 gallons per day.
SPRINGFIELD — A little rain last week added moisture to the state's topsoil, but the prospects for Illinois corn and soybean crops didn't improve, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
As of Sunday, 74 percent of the state's corn crop was rated poor or very poor, up from 71 percent the previous week, the department said.
CHAMPAIGN — With seven consecutive months of above-average temperatures, 2012 is now the warmest-ever January through July period in Champaign-Urbana weather history.
Local full-year weather records go back to 1889.
PIPER CITY - The Piper City Village Board has issued a burn ban until further notice.
The ban, which includes trash burning, campfires and brush piles, is prompted by the drought. Violators will be given one warning by Fred Fanning, chief of police, before a fine is levied for a second offense.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for East Central Illinois, in effect from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Counties under the advisory include: Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Edgar, Coles, Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt, Macon and DeWitt.
SAVOY — Samplings from Champaign County corn fields indicate the county's yield average may be 30 percent lower than last year.
Dozens of people combed corn fields across the county Wednesday as part of Premier Cooperative's crop survey. Some were pleasantly surprised by what they found. Others were utterly dismayed.
CHAMPAIGN — People who own property in or near a flood plain might want to attend a public meeting this week set to publicize new flood maps scheduled to be adopted next year.