Flood watch issued for Champaign County as more storms approach

By Kathleen Foody

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of Central Illinois, including Champaign County, through this evening. Though the morning’s storms have moved to the east leaving behind more than 2 inches of rain, new storms could produce another 2 to 3 inches of rain in short periods of time.

The watch has been set to expire Wednesday morning.

Any heavy rainfall tonight will have a high risk of producing flash flooding for areas that have already experienced heavy rainfall earlier.

Police departments would watch area for potential flooding and contact the city’s public works department, said Tom Schuh, operations manager for the city of Champaign’s public works department.

Residents should be conscious of high water levels in streets and avoid areas where they are not sure of depth or risk their car engine becoming flooded, he said.

People who live near storm sewers can help the department by moving debris from yards and driveways aside.

“Making sure those are clear is a big help in a heavy rain,” Schuh said.