Strong Storms Bring Relief, But Some Damage

Strong Storms Bring Relief, But Some Damage

Rain finally fell across east central Illinois and west-central Indiana over the weekend as heavy thunderstorms brought relief from the recent dry period.  But strong winds and intense lightning caused scattered power outages affecting hundreds of homes and businesses. And winds estimated at up to 60 miles per hour also blew over standing corn in fields in parts of our area.  Some farmers were out assessing their fields for damage.

[Westville Firefighters secure the road around a downed power pole and transformer Sunday along Lyons Road. Note: You can click on the photos to enlarge them.]
Westville Firefighters were busy handling seven calls for assistance after the storm.  Most of them involved downed power lines, and in one instance on east Kelly Avenue a transformer came down along with a street light.   And at Lyons Road and Illinois route one Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police assisted with traffic when a power outage knocked out traffic signals.

By 8 o’clock Sunday evening the National Weather Service said a Flash Flood Warning remained in effect for the Chrisman and Scotland areas in northern Edgar County, and flash flood warnings were still posted for southeast Fountain, Northern Parke and central Vermillion Counties in Indiana because of heavy rain in those areas.  The warnings were scheduled to end at 8:45 in Edgar County, and 9:45 p.m. Sunday (August 18, 2019) Eastern Daylight Time in the Indiana counties.


[Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police assisted with traffic control at route one and Lyons Road in Belgium Sunday after storms knocked out the signals.]
[An Ameren employee works Sunday evening to restore power to customers in the Grape Creek and Hawbuck areas southeast of Danville.]
[Sunday’s storm blew over this tree in the Westville area Sunday.  A neighbor said heavy rain was blowing so hard she could not see the home across the street from her.]

The Weather Service was warning motorists that if they come across areas where water is running across a road you should turn around – don’t drown.

You and your vehicle can be swept away by the floodwaters.


[This story by Neuhoff Media Danville News Director Bill Pickett.  Do you have news about storm damage in your area or other news?  You can contact Bill at (217)-709-1245….or email your information and photos to]