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5/17/2013 11:26:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Billett area hit hardest by Thursday rain
LAWRENCEVILLE - As if local residents haven't had enough rain this spring, Thursday Lawrence County was hit with varied amounts ranging from and inch to almost three inches.

National Weather Service Observer Doug Nuttall reported Lawrenceville received 1.07 inches of rain Thursday while in the Billett area, residents were reporting almost three inches.

The weather station at Mid-American Air Center, northeast of Lawrenceville, recorded 2.3 inches. On the other side of the county, in Sumner, the Emergency Management Agency weather monitor recorded about an inch of rain.

Heavy rainfall will keep farmers out of the fields, slowing spring planting.

The Embarras River is also on the rise. After being at 24.11 feet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the river began to go back up, reaching 26.25 feet as of 7 a.m. today.

The National Weather Service is predicting that the Embarras at Lawrenceville will crest Saturday at 27.1 feet, about three feet below flood stage.

During the day Thursday the Wabash River at Westport went up about a half-foot to 13.66 feet. As of 8 a.m. today it was at 12.76 feet and falling. Flood stage at the bridge in Westport is 16 feet.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for southeastern Illinois for tonight, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.


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