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Iroquois County Fair all set, despite rain & flood

The Iroquois County Fair Board (Monday) decided to move forward with this year's 4-H and Agricultural Fair. The decision came after serious discussion to consider cancelling due to the rain, flood that left soggy conditions at the fairground.

One disappointing decision is that there will not be any RV camping at the Crescent City grounds. All other 4-H activities will go as planned.
Parking may be a challenge. The grounds are extremely wet. The carnival set-up is also being challenged for Swyear Amusements.The five-day of the fair begins Wednesday with the Queen pageant and the parade of 4-H clubs at the grandstand.

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Watseka Fire, Red Cross assist flood victims

The American Red Cross assisted 22 people at the Trinity Church shelter in Watseka Sunday night.  Additional evacuees were expected to settle in today (Monday) after local residents were forced to leave their homes this morning.  The city of Watseka's north neighborhoods are overwhelmed with flood waters from the downpours Saturday and again this morning. 

Some Watseka residents reported over an inch of rain after today's storm moved through.  There was .85 recorded at WGFA with a Saturday measurement of 3.10 inches.   Gilman, Stockland, Sheldon, Buckingham and Earl Park, Indiana all reported in nexcess of three inches Saturday.

Watseka firemen helped evacuate up to 15 people from their homes Sunday.  Most went to stay with family.  Others were made comfortable at the Trinity Church, where Red Cross spokesman Jim Ward said "there's plenty of room and sleeping cots are available."  

Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood said sandbags are available at City Hall (on Brianna Drive).  The sandbags are limited to 50 per household. 

 

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Flood and rain just not letting up, Watseka must cope

Our weather situation is making news across Illinois and Indiana today. Another sudden downpour of a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch (this morning) has only added to the saturated, flooded conditions.

At this point, patience is the word – as difficult as that can by for some. The drainage systems are overwhelmed.

The National Weather Service has placed east-central Illinois and north-central Indiana under a moderate risk of severe weather today. And a flash flood watch is posted.

Flood watches/warnings remain in effect for Iroquois and Ford counties, Livingston and Kankakee. Newton, Benton, Jasper, Warren, Fountain, and Parke counties in west-central Indiana are also on the alert.

The City of Watseka is close to an emergency situation. Mayor Bob Harwood tells WGFA News the west Junction at 1/24 was lost Sunday and the north side of town is barricaded.  The mayor said getting into and out of Watseka is difficult; limited routes are open for travel.

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Flash flood warnings extended

Iroquois, Ford, Livingston in Illinois and Newton, Benton and Jasper counties in Indiana remain under flash flood warnings. The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warnings due to runoff from all the rain Wednesday night.

Area emergency management agencies and law enforcement report that several roads remain closed due to flooding from runoff. Anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of heavy rainfall hit the area.

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Historic Farm Days at Penfield

It's an annual event, a family event that showcases farm tractors and equipment. Historic Farm days at Penfield (IL) opened Thursday. It runs thru Sunday and features a parade.

Antique collectors are showing off their tractors with demonstrations. The event has been held since 1978. Nearly 400 tractors are on display in several lots. Some engines date back to the early 1900's.

The event will also feature food, entertainment, flea markets and even a potato-digging demonstration. A sanctioned-tractor pull is part of the fun. And there's a fireworks show Saturday night.

Historic Farm Days is hosted by the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

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