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Weather messing up weekend events…..


Some parts of Illinois had been extremely dry. But not anymore. Rainfall has been plentiful and more is on the way.

Showers Friday morning and all day, and last night still continuing today (Sat). Flood watches/warnings are in place. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon have settled over the Midwest, bringing a soaking to the Illiana area.

Many of the scheduled weekend events have been cancelled or postponed. The Cornjerker Classic at Hoopeston is postponed. The Church Carnival at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka is also postponed until next Saturday 9/15).

If you have scheduled-plans...you might want to check with organizers.........

As always, we stress safety when it comes to flooded roadways.

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Solar Farm proposals up for vote at Planning & Zoning meeting in Iroquois County

Two solar farm projects, proposed in Iroquois County, are being heard today (Friday) before the Iroquois County Board’s Planning & Zoning Committee. The 10:15 am meeting is the Administrative Center in Watseka.

The Zoning Board of Appeals (Augusr 29th) gave its approval for both sites. The ZBA voted in favor 4-1 on both.
Microgrid Energy presented info on the Louis Kay property site in Belmont Township. It’s at 1700 N and County Highway 27.

The company’s interest in the Louis Kay site has a lot to do with its proximity to Ameren 3 phase lines. The company also favors sites where soil doesn’t have to be disturbed.

Microgrid also received the go-ahead from the ZBA for its Conditional Use permit for a Solar Farm in the name of Daniel & Ruth LaFond’s Trust. It’s in Beaverville Tsp at 1021 St. Charles Street in Beaverville.

The site is on the southeast corner where an Ameren sub-station is located.

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Flash flood watch issued for weekend

Ford and Iroquois counties are not included, but the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of East Central Illinois until Sunday morning.

Rain is expected all weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon enter Illinois. Four to six inches are possible.
The remnants of Gordon could settle over the Midwest; a slow-moving front is likely to dump several inches of rain. Flooding of rivers and streams could lead to localized flooding. Motorists are advised to pay attention to road postings and avoid Road Closed signs.

The NWS says the west-central parts of Indiana are included.

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Governor to declare harvest season emergency

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to declare a harvest season emergency. Today’s (Friday) announcement will allow farmers to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation to receive a free permit to haul 10 percent over their gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on state highways.

Local road authorities will also have the ability to grant a similar permit or waive the permit requirement on roads in their jurisdictions.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said “We appreciate Gov. Rauner declaring an emergency situation for the 2018 harvest season, especially in light of the declining incomes and market turmoil which farmers are currently facing.”

“This declaration opens the door for increased efficiencies for farmers and truck drivers hauling agricultural commodities and will help offset any uncontrollable effects of weather and commodity markets, allowing farmers the freedom to move what is projected to be a record-breaking crop.”

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with local health departments throughout the state to fight a possible hepatitis A outbreak. While there’s no reported outbreaks in Illinois, IDPH says some bordering states have reported outbreaks. Vaccines are being delivered to departments at free or reduced cost for people at the greatest risk of infection.

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