Storm brings damage in Vermilion County

Storm brings damage in Vermilion County

DANVILLE - The severe weather that moved through Vermilion County on Wednesday left behind some damage in the southern part of the county, according to the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

Rick Harper, severe weather manager with the agency, reported that strong winds moved through various parts of the county and about 50 to 75 trees or large limbs were knocked down from Danville to Ridge Farm. He said crops were flattened in areas, two fires were started by fallen power lines and about 2,000 people were without power. As much as 3.5 inches of rain fell in the southern part of the county, according to Harper.

He added that at least two trees fell on houses in Georgetown, a shed was destroyed in Westville, and power poles snapped east of Ridge Farm. But there were no reports of any injuries.

The heavy rainfall knocked out power for a while at businesses and residences along South Gilbert Street.

Power went out about 20 minutes before La Potosina restaurant at 215 S. Gilbert St. opened on Wednesday, so the restaurant stayed closed until the power was restored about 1 p.m. And a little further south, heavy rains came down at Danville Stadium and power was also knocked there, prohibiting the stadium staff from pumping the water off the field. So the Danville Dans game against the Hannibal Cavemen on Wednesday night had to be canceled. It has been rescheduled as part of a double-header at 6 p.m. July 23.

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