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All but 4 Illinois Counties now a Disaster Area

The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared nearly all of Illinois a disaster area because of the drought and excessive heat.

Federal disaster assistance is now available to help farmers in 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties, that includes all counties in Central Illinois.

Farmers who think they may be eligible for the assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider said the yield losses being projected could cause farmers cash flow problems and the low interest, emergency loans would help them recover. The funds can be used on production and living expenses.

The USDA said in this week’s crop report that 71 percent of the corn crop and 56 percent of the soybean crop is in poor or very poor condition.

According to the Illinois Water Survey, precipitation in Illinois average 12.6 inches in the first six months of the year, making it the sixth driest on record. Topsoil moisture in Illinois is rated 85 percent very short and 15 percent short of moisture.

More than half of all counties in the U.S have been declared disaster areas by the USDA because of the drought.

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Half of U.S. counties now considered disaster areas

ST. LOUIS — Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all U.S. counties — 1,584 in 32 states — have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that's considered the worst in decades.

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State Fire Marshall will investigate Sheldon Fire Scene

Fire destroyed a huge storage shed in Sheldon Wednesday afternoon.  The cause is yet-to-be-determined, according to Sheldon Fire Chief Stan Molter…….

                                                 (anything)   :24          #  20

The state Fire Marshall will examine the ruined-remains today. Sheldon Police will also question some local citizens who reported the fire.  The  approximate 40 by 80 foot wood structure is gone, along with a few items owner Darryl Conley had stored inside. Conley was able to remove three semi-tractor trailers from the site before they were damaged

The building was along the railroad tracks just off Center Street in Sheldon.


Molter said the firefighting effort put a real strain on the village water supply, so the mutual aid provided by firemen from Watseka, Donovan, and Iroquois-Concord was appreciated, Molter said…….

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 Stockland and Kentland, IN fire departments were also enroute but were called off when the fire was brought under control.

Molter also said other volunteers helped during a pretty warm afternoon…….    (issue)  :22       #  22

The Chief said the value of the loss is unknown at this point……..   (building)  :20     #  23

Molter said the cause does raise questions …….    (on this)   :19       # 24

Sheldon firemen were at the scene for about 45-minutes this (Thur) morning when the fire rekindled around 6:30 am.


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Hundreds Attend Peotone Forum on Illiana Expressway

– The Pros and Cons of the Illiana Expressway finds various opinions  about how the route will effect residents who live in the proposed areas.  And---Tuesday, several hundred (700-800) people attended a public hearing at Peotone High School.

Another meeting is today at 5 pm at the Lowell, IN Middle School.

Officials with the Illinois and Indiana transportation departments said prior to the forum determining properties needed for the project is still a couple years away.

Three proposed routes are being considered to link the Will County area in Illinois to NW Indiana.

Read more: Hundreds Attend Peotone Forum on Illiana Expressway

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July Weather a Record

CHAMPAIGN — State Climatologist Jim Angel is reporting the month of July was a record-setter.  And the final day of the month may bring yet one more day of 90-degree temperatures.

Many communities, including the Champaign-Urbana area recorded  26 90-degree-plus day this month.

At WGFA Radio in Watseka, an official NWS recording site, there were 19 days of 90-plus degree readings.  At least four days topped 100.

The old record had been July 1921 when there were 25 90-degree days, according to Angel.

Earlier, the Illinois State Water Survey had stated that the record for 90-degree days was set in July 1936, and that it was 24 days. A closer inspection of weather records uncovered the 1921 record that crumbled Monday.

The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 93 today (Tuesday). If reached, that would mean that on 27 of 31 days this month the high temperature touched or exceeded 90 degrees.

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