NEW 4:30 p.m. Monday:
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 11 p.m. Monday for the following counties: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion.
An excessive heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Macon, Moultrie, Coles and Shelby.
New 10:30 a.m. Friday:
A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and southern Iroquois counties until 2 p.m. Friday.
Friday's rain is expected to cause some minor flooding of streams and low-lying areas. You should avoid driving over a flooded area and secure outdoor items so they're not swept away.
New 5:40 p.m. Thursday:
You would be hard-pressed to find a busier place than Jim and Carol Scott's basement in Gifford.
That's where their son Derin Scott, his wife and their and five kids — ages 2, 6 (twins), 14 and 17 — have been living since November's tornado. It resembles the scene in "Willy Wonka," where four grandparents snuggled in a single bed.
CHAMPAIGN — The recently completed month tied for coolest July ever, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
The average temperature in July was 70 degrees, the same as July 2009, said state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey.
CHAMPAIGN — July is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in central Illinois.
Not this year.
The average temperature so far this month in Champaign is 70.4 degrees, or almost 5 degrees below the historical average of 75. It's also lower than last month's average temperature in Champaign-Urbana — 73.4 degrees.
CHAMPAIGN — Residents at Champaign House Apartments were moved to hotels after the torrential rain this weekend caused raw sewage to back up into their ground-floor units.
The big rainfalls Saturday and Sunday morning fell just short of setting the all-time July rainfall record for a 24-hour period in Champaign-Urbana.
The Illinois State Water Survey said 4.33 inches of rain fell at its recording station near Windsor Road and South First Street in Champaign between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN — For residents of Champaign neighborhoods that in the past couple years saw major storm-water drainage overhauls, their story of Saturday's rainfall may have been very different.
For Jim Creighton, who lives in one of the neighborhoods still on a waiting list for substantial improvements, it was the same old story.
"It was catastrophic," he said Monday.
NEW 3:23 p.m. Monday:
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed the Middle Fork River to recreation due to high water. Also in Vermilion County, a tree was reported entirely blocking Henning Road near Kickapoo State Park, and the county's emergency management agency reported minor power lines and some trees were down. About 100 were without power.