Champaign prepares for heavy weekend rain


CHAMPAIGN -- As tropical storm Isaac heads toward the Midwest, Champaign city workers were hitting the streets all day Thursday in preparation for this weekend's storms.

The Champaign Public Works Department is trying to keep flooding to a minimum during this weekend's expected rains of up to 8 inches.

They've had crews out sweeping the streets, helping clear the drains in some areas around the city.

But some neighborhoods are at a higher risk for flooding than others. Public Works says they're bordered by Mattis Avenue, Windsor Road, Neil Street and Bradley Avenue.

But supervisor Chris Koester says you can help keep flooding out of your neighborhood, too. Anyone who's willing should make sure their street's drains are clear.

"Any little bit helps," Koester said. "Champaign's a big city, and any help from people willing to help would be good."

Crews are also working on clearing the drains underneath viaducts around town because it doesn't take much rain to flood them.

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