Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 20, 2013

Rain pummels area; rivers expected to crest

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Most of the area was still in a flood warning Friday. Both the Embarras and Little Wabash rivers were at flood stage with worse to come.

According to the National Weather Service, the Embarras was at 18.68 feet near Ste. Marie on Friday afternoon and was expected to crest at 20.3 feet by mid-afternoon today.

The Little Wabash showed a water level of 19.63 feet near Clay City by late Friday afternoon. That river is expected to crest at 22 feet by 3 p.m. Sunday.

Needless to say, area farmers weren't planning to start planting anytime in the next few days. But Connie Elliott of the University of Illinois Extension said there doesn't appear to be anything to worry about.

"We were in the fields last year at this time," Elliott said. "But now, we need hot and windy conditions to make it dry out faster.

"There's still plenty of time to get a good crop out," she added.

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