Ill. prepares for heavy rain as Isaac plods north
CHAMPAIGN – Chris Wise spent weeks watching the corn in his fields wither in heat and drought. Friday, he hurried to save it from what could be weekend-long downpour across much of Illinois.
Forecasters say what’s left of Hurricane Isaac could pour up to 7 inches on drought-parched central Illinois, with smaller totals to the north and south.
As gray clouds moved over his farm south of Champaign, Wise drove a combine into a corn field, hoping to harvest what he could before rain left the ground too muddy for equipment.
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