Livingston County residents should prepare to batten down the hatches and expect quite a bit of the wet stuff this weekend. Multiple agencies, including the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and Pontiac’s own sewer department have issued warnings concerning the expected heavy rains.
Citing the United States Geological Survey website, Jacob Kinkade, superintendent of the wastewater plant, said Pontiac could be at a major flood stage beginning Sunday.
The NWS Lincoln office said that the heaviest rains were expected to hit Saturday night between I-55 and I-57, with some areas predicted to receive nearly seven inches of waterfall. Pontiac and its environs were pegged for 4.57 inches of rain.
With severe weather and flash flooding predicted for large portions of Illinois through the weekend, the IEMA encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if weather warnings are issued.
..The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Illinois...Indiana... Vermilion River near Danville affecting Vermilion County in Illinois and Indana.
Heavy rain is expected for this weekend with rainfall totals of up to 3 to 5 inches.
This will cause waterways to rise along the Vermilion River into next week. You need to remain aware of river levels in your area and keep up with the latest forecast information. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for The Vermilion River near Danville from Sunday morning until Wednesday afternoon.
Parts of east-central Illinois and west-central Indiana are ALSO under a Flash Flood Watch this weekend. Periods of heavy rainfall are expected that could lead to flash flooding.