Storm damage limited to fallen trees, branches
City crews were out clearing fallen tree limbs and dealing with flooded streets after a severe thunderstorm passed through the region early Saturday evening.
The extent of the damage was limited to trees, tree branches and some street signs, area public works officials said.
Several streets in the area, such as along Florida Avenue in Urbana, Bradley Avenue in Champaign and McKinley and Park Street in Champaign, became covered with standing water.
The Vine street viaduct just south of University Avenue was closed for a short time, but has now reopened, said John Collins with Urbana Public Works.
“The main thing is with such a large amount of rain in such a short amount of time — it’s not like it was 5 inches of rain over five hours — that does become an infrastructure problem,” said Kris Koester with Champaign Public Works.
By 8 p.m. most of the issues with flooded streets had been taken care of, he said.
Champaign received reports of about 15 trees down. Urbana received about eight to nine calls for downed trees or limbs.
The National Weather Service had forecast the storm and area crews were anticipating having to deal with tree damage and street flooding, officials said.
Several hundred homes lost power. By 8:30 Saturday evening, about 280 were without power in Champaign County and about 65 homes were without power in Vermilion County, according to Ameren’s outage map.