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Tornado, Thunderstorm Warnings Expire; Flood warnings issued

A thunderstorm warning was elevated to tornado warnings for parts of Illiana Friday night. The WGFA-listening area was hit with heavy rains. Reports of 1-2 inches fell again -- AFTER 1.5 to 2 inches was recorded early Friday morning.

Thunderstorms and lightning again forced area high school football games to be postponed. Several local games will be played today (Saturday).

There was a tornado warning issued for south-Chicago suburbs. The National Weather Service survey teams will be visiting the Monee and Frankfort communities in Will County today (Sat) to review damage from reported-tornadoes.

Tornadoes were reported in Cook and Will counties.

Flash flood warnings were also issued Friday night after heavy rain and ping pong-sized hail. Trees were downed and yard debris scattered.

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Detours planned in Newton, Iroquois County

Illiana area motorists may want to note that road work in the next week or two will forced scheduled detours.  The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation announced detours for the week of September 21 and September 28.

In Newton County, Indiana --- beginning Monday 9/21, U.S. Route 24 between U.S. 41 and State Road 55 will be closed while a work crew will perform a chip seal and fog deal operation to preserve the road service.  The project will continue for a couple of days, weather permitting.  The prpoject depends on dry weather, so the work could be delayed if conditions aren't ideal.

In Iroquois County --- The Illinois Department of Transportation will close the the Route 52 - Union Pacific Railroad grade crossing just off Illinois Route 1 south of Martinton.  The closure is planned for Monday, September 28 and will last about four days.  The railroad will repair the crossing.  A detour, using Route 52 and 24, will be in effect.

Motorists are ruged to use caution along the detour route.

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Four-way stop, in effect, in White County, IN

The intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 18 in White County is back to a four-way stop. It was made effective Tuesday, September 8.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced the White County intersection at U.S. 231 and State Road 18 has been switched back to a four-way stop.
U.S. 231 and State Road 18 traffic will both stop and yield to oncoming vehicles.

INDOT has installed message boards to alert drivers to the change.

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Kickstart: Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee

The Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee has been re-organized to assist the needs of the 2015 flood victims. This committee was first created in 2008. This 501 C 3 group looks at different ways to improve the lives of flood victims throughout Iroquois county.

Every dollar donated stays in Iroquois county. There are different sub-committees: Spiritual/Emotional Care, Volunteer, Donations, Communications, and Case Management. These sub-committees are designed to work with families to better lives, help with housing, spiritual and emotional assistance, and quality of life. These sub-committees will continue to meet on a regular basis.

For more information please contact the Iroquois County Long Term Committee at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce office at 815-432-2416 Monday through Friday or visit www.watsekachamber.org or the Iroquois Mental Health Center's crisis hotline number 815-432-5241 24 hours a day.

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Coal City tornado victims’ line up for assistance

Citizens in Grundy County are ready to receive financial pay-outs from a Long Term Recovery Committee for damages from the summer tornado in Coal City.

The Community Foundation of Grundy County has $299, 200 in a fund. Money will be distributed to affected residents beginning in October. Families need to be registered to be eligible for any funds.

The community finance director reports even though there were more than 800 property sites damaged or destroyed, fewer than 400 people have registered for assistance. There's an application deadline of October 2 for making the list to share in a monetary distribution.

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