UPDATED 3:10 p.m.: Flash flood warning extended (w/video)

UPDATED 3:10 p.m.: Flash flood warning extended (w/video)

LINCOLN - The National Weather Service in Lincoln has extended a flood warning until 10 p.m. Saturday for:

Champaign County in East Central Illinois
Eastern McLean County in Central Illinois
Eastern Piatt County in Central Illinois

The area will then remain under a flood watch from 10 p.m. Saturday through Sunday afternoon.
Additionally, the weather service was calling for more heavy rain starting around midnight Saturday and continuing into Sunday morning.

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Several streets in Champaign were closed Saturday morning as four inches of rain fell in four hours.

"The moral of the story is, if you can't see the road, don't drive through it," said Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer.

By noon, much of the flooding had subsided and streets that had been closed were reopening.

Champaign Public Works Operations Manager Ernesto Salinas said there were still a few problem areas like Russell and Washington streets and South Neil Street near St. Mary's Road.
In Savoy, the northern entrance to Wal-Mart was blocked by high water. Customers could still get in the south entrance through standing water.

"We got about 25 people called in," Salinas said.

After putting up emergency barricades, they were moving on to clearing inlets and dealing with calls of flooded basements.

"We're going to have crews working around the clock to deal with that," he said.

Viaducts in Champaign and Urbana were closed in the morning.

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sweet caroline wrote on July 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

At least the ducks and geese are happy with their new "lakes."