Dense fog advisory continues for DeWitt County

A dense fog advisory is in effect for DeWitt County until 12 p.m. Friday.

Visibility will be less than one-quarter mile in spots.  So if you're driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

Lack of white stuff saving cities some green

CHAMPAIGN — The south entrance of Do It Best Hardware is lined with bags of ice-melting salt and snow shovels.

There are 30 or so in all — about the same number in the display as when it was put up a month ago.

"We've sold two shovels, maybe," owner George Edwards said Wednesday. "By this time (of year), I can tell you we've usually sold more than two."

Rauner stops by Villa Grove to thank emergency workers after floods

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VILLA GROVE — Gov. Bruce Rauner told a group of firefighters and first responders here Sunday that the state will be doing "all we can to help the cleanup process" following last week's flood.

Douglas County one of 12 declared state disaster areas because of floods

Hard-hit Douglas was added Wednesday to the list of Illinois counties declared state disaster areas because of widespread flooding.

Weather update: Wet 'n wild

The latest on a soggy situation, courtesy staff writer Tom Kacich:

Rain has stopped, but area waterways continue to rise

The rain may have stopped, but many East Central Illinois residents were still dealing with flooding issues Tuesday and fearing what could come next.

In hard-hit Villa Grove, the waters started to recede at the edge of town Tuesday, but continued to rise at the center of the city, nearest the overwhelmed Embarras River. Streets were still closed, and many areas remained inaccessible.

Flooded roads close Kickapoo State Park

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Kickapoo State Park has been closed due to water over roadways, it was announced this afternoon. Park officials are unsure when they will reopen.

Water in your basement? Here's what to do

Whether it's this storm, the next one or some weather event 10 years from now, if you have a basement, chances are you'll have a problem.

Take it from someone who knows.

"Everyone's basement is going to flood at some point," said Chris Nagley, general manager of Stanley Steemer for the region that includes Champaign-Urbana. "It's just a matter of when."

Updated: wet, windy start to week in East Central Illinois

New 7:27 p.m. Monday:

A new flood warning has been issued for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.


New 4:12 p.m. Monday:

From the National Weather Service:


Heavy rains leave stretch of Villa Grove underwater; Illinois 130 closed

VILLA GROVE — If you tried driving south on Illinois 130 on Sunday, Harrison Street in Villa Grove was the end of the line.

A foot or more of floodwater halted traffic further south on 130, all the way to Monroe Street, about three blocks.

And Harrison Street was buried beneath another foot or more of water to the east and west.