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A wild weather weekend

Neighbors and friends clean up storm damage in Strawn on Sunday morning.

Central Illinoisans have experienced plenty of flooding and wind damage over the past few days.

Heavy rains around Bloomington-Normal over the weekend led to stranded motorists and stalled cars on flooded streets after several inches of rain fell in a matter of hours. Other flooding was reported around Downs and Heyworth with impressive rainfall totals to the northeast in towns like Cullom.

Parts of Interstate 55 were even washed away south of Bloomington from all of the water prompting the closure of the interstate for a brief time.

Storms redeveloped on Saturday afternoon and funnel cloud sightings were reported from Bloomington northward in locations such as Colfax, Chenoa and Pontiac. Sirens were sounded in Gibson City as severe storms raced eastward. A tree was blown over in the Livingston County town of Strawn and nearby Chatsworth received even more damage which included a destroyed garage, downed trees and twisted playground equipment.

Few if any major injuries were reported during this time. The National Weather Service says we aren't out of the woods for severe weather just yet as more rainfall is expected during the next several days here in Central Illinois.


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