Heavy rain Sunday is expected to cause flooding in the Danville area. The national Weather Service has issued a River Flood warning for the Vermilion River near Danville. The weather service said heavy rain of 2 to 5 inches over much of Vermilion County on Sunday will cause the river to rise above flood stage today. Radar indicated that an area between Hoopeston and Rossville may have received as much as 6-7 inches of rain.
The river’s Flood stage is 18 feet. The weather service said that will cause minor flooding to some secondary roads and agricultural land. The river is expected to continue to rise to near 19.1 feet by Tuesday morning. The river will fall below flood stage later tomorrow.
Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city has closed Ellsworth Park due to flooding. The city is monitoring the Morin Addition to see if an evacuation should be suggested. He said before the Sunday rain, the river had been very low, so the city had some room to go.
The heavy rain and high winds on Sunday caused a variety of damage in the area. The area had storm watches and warnings as the storm system slashed through.
Vermilion County Emergency management reported roads on the north side
of Hoopeston were flooded and a viaduct on IL-119, southwest of Alvin, was flooded and closed to traffic Sunday afternoon. Parts of Voorhees street in Danville also were closed due to flooding during the storm.
Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Motorist are urged not to drive through a flooded area.
No one was hurt, but around 24 structures were damaged after storms that prompted tornado warnings rolled through Champaign County Sunday afternoon. There’s been no confirmation yet of a tornado. In Vermilion County, the emergency management agency got scattered reports of downed trees, crops, and power lines and flooding. But like Champaign County, no injuries were reported, and there’s no confirmation yet of a tornado. The National Weather Service will be doing damage assessments over the coming days.
Ameren Illinois reported some 30 power outages in the Danville area due to wind and falling trees. More than 27 hundred customers were without power for a short time Sunday. Vermilion County EMA reported trees down blocking Moore Street, Knollcrest Drive, Raymond Avenue, Oakwood Avenue, Western Avenue and Perrysville Avenue. A fallen tree damaged a house in Georgetown. Power line also was reported down on Clingan Lane in Westville and multiple trees were down on Barn Bridge Road in Grape Creek.