Illinois Braces For Isaac's Remnants, Heavy Rain


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The prospect of heavy rain from what's left of Hurricane Isaac is leading emergency workers across Illinois to prepare for the prospect of flooding.

In some places cancellations are either being announced or considered for Labor Day events like the Cow Chip Class cross country meet in Chrisman in eastern Illinois.

But the season-opening football game at the University of Illinois is on as schedule for mid-day Saturday. Many fans like Thomas Maton of Pana say they'll be there no matter what.

School spokesman Kent Brown says there is an evacuation plan just in case but says the field can handle a foot of rain in 24 hours.

Forecasters say Isaac could pour 5 inches of rain over drought-parched central Illinois between Friday and Monday with heavier totals possible.

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