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CHAMPAIGN – Bad luck continues for WEFT 90.1 FM, Champaign-Urbana's community-based radio station.
Station manager Mick Woolf said that an attempt to install a repaired transmitter controller went awry Thursday when the controller shorted out for a second time.
RURAL ARTHUR – A stiff breeze blew clouds across a fair blue sky and whistled in the trees Thursday – and pushed white-capped waves along the surface of lake-like flooding near Arthur.
The water stood higher than fields, fences and pastures, sometimes surging higher than the signs marking the roads beneath. It's a result of heavy rains to the area in the last few days and has marooned houses, inundated bridges and made travel difficult.
VILLA GROVE - Dick and Sheila Hardyman knew they had too much rain in their backyard when some fishermen came knocking at their door.
"They were holding some fishing poles and asked if we minded if they fished off our deck," said Sheila Hardyman, who lives on the north side of Villa Grove. "I haven't seen any fish jumping yet, but who knows?"
CHAMPAIGN – The Decker family of Champaign discovered the basement is a bad place to be sleeping when the power goes out.
About 9:30 Tuesday evening, the family heard a tornado warning. Given that they have a 1-year-old son, Brad and Kathy wanted to take the careful approach.
DANVILLE – With more rain expected, flooding is the primary concern of emergency officials after storms pummeled Vermilion County this week.
Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, said more heavy rain could cause some flash flooding and put some homes at risk, especially in low-lying areas.
Villa Grove Mayor Ron Hunt said his community was braced for the worst as the flood waters of the Embarras River continued to rise on Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Much of the downtown area was under water as far south as the post office.
CHAMPAIGN – An official of a radio station that was knocked off the air by a storm May 30 said it may be back up and running today.
Mick Woolf, station manager at WEFT radio, 90.1 FM, said the transmitter controller unit, which had been damaged during the storm, had been repaired and was reinstalled Wednesday afternoon in the community station's transmitter in rural northwest Champaign, but it soon shorted out.
URBANA – About one-third of Crystal Lake Park was under water Wednesday, and much of the park was closed, following this week's heavy rains.
Urbana Park District Executive Director Vicki Mayes said park officials closed the main road through the 150-acre park Wednesday morning, and she said it's likely to be "a couple of weeks" at least before the entire park will be reopened. Low areas of the main road were under water.
Several communities in East Central Illinois were bailing out this morning as they geared up for the possibility of more flooding later today.
"It looks like another round of these cluster showers and thunderstorms," on tap for later today, said meteorologist Greg Soulje.
The latest round Tuesday night caused flooded roads, power outages and lightning strikes to homes.
Heavy predawn rainfall caused temporary street flooding in Champaign-Urbana early today, but officials said things were already improving by 8 a.m.
"It sure did rain," said Jim Kelly, operations manager for the Urbana Public Works Department. "It was a matter of it coming out of the sky faster than it could go into the ground."