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.
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…….
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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.
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.
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.