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Central Illinois is dealing with record rainfall that fell on Wednesday and Thursday, causing rivers and streams to flow out of their banks, and roads to become flooded.

According to the National Weather Service, flood warnings are in effect for Shelby, Moultrie, Piatt, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Sangamon and McLean Counties. Flood watches remain for Christian and Macon Counties.

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The W-Underground 24-hour precipitation map shows that an area from Chicago to the Quad Cities, Quincy and Peoria, received the most rain in Illinois, with 3 to 6 inches.

The Bloomington-Decatur-Springfield area received around an inch and a half, with areas south of that line getting 2-and-a-half to 4 inches.

Motorists should exercise caution when traveling the next several days, as many roads will be flooded due to the excessive rainfall.

 
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