Rauner declares Vermilion, Iroquois, Kankakee counties disaster areas

DANVILLE — On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner's office declared Vermilion, Iroquois and Kankakee counties disaster areas due to flooding earlier in the week.

'This was really Mother Nature kicking all of our butts'

CHAMPAIGN — With more than 5 inches of rain so far this week, plumbers have been busy.

"Overwhelming would be an understatement," said Lucas Schoonover, operation supervisor for Schoonover Sewer Service. "We've had about three times the call volume of a normal day. In a normal day, we may get between 35 and 40 calls. In the last two days, we've had over 200 calls."

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2018

Assistant Circulation Manager SHURREL BRANTLEY was delivering The News-Gazette around 7 a.m. Wednesday when she was stopped in her tracks: Water-covered roads near Ogden cut her morning short.

Champaign, Urbana officials say streets holding up during heavy rains

URBANA — After more than an inch and a half of rain Monday, officials say city streets are holding up.

"Particularly this morning, with the heavier downpours, we had some localized, temporary street flooding," said Bill Gray, director of public works in Urbana. "We had to clear storm inlets, but there was no significant or major flooding."

Flood watch for Ford and Iroquois counties

The National Weather Service says that Ford and Iroquois counties are under a flood watch from late Monday evening through late Tuesday night.

Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected between Monday and Wednesday. Expect area wide rainfall totals of more than an inch, with many areas potentially receiving 2 to 4 inches.

UPDATE: Dense fog advisory extended for Ford and Iroquois counties

Thursday 11 a.m. Update

A dense fog advisory remains in effect for Ford and Iroquois counties until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Visibility could drop to one-quarter mile. So when driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.


Thursday 5:30 a.m. Update

UPDATED: winter weather advisory issued for East Central Illinois

New 4:08 p.m. Saturday:

The rest of East Central Illinois, including Champaign and Vermilion counties, have been added to the winter weather advisory.


Original story 2:42 p.m. Saturday:

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday.

Shelby County under a winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service says Shelby County is under a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Light snow will begin moving into the area early this evening, before mixing with freezing rain around midnight, and then changing to all freezing rain.

Winter weather advisory to the north

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties.

The advisory will run from 3 p.m. Monday until 12 a.m Tuesday, with 2 to 5 inches expected.

Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2018

Mark your calendars:

— I asked DAVID LEAKE of Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium what Wednesday's rare super moon/blue moon/total lunar eclipse is going to look like.

"Like something is taking a bite out of the moon," he said.

When and where should we watch?