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Central Illinois Nearing Break in Severe Rain, but Flood Risk Still High

Central Illinois residents spent Saturday cleaning up from flooding following hours being blasted by extreme precipitation. Fewer storms are expected Sunday, but the risk of high water remains.
Thunderstorms were expected to move through the region overnight into Sunday afternoon and evening, but with far less intensity than those that blasted the area Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
A Funks Grove firefighter uses an exposure suit to recover a guideline used in rescues from the swollen Timber Creek along Interstate 55 on Saturday. Firefighters said water had come up over 15 feet from the normal level of the creek as they began to pull vehicles from the creek Saturday morning.
"There's not going to be much behind that line of storms," said Mike Albano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. "And fortunately, it looks like activity is starting to wind down along the Interstate 55 corridor."
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