Drought Remains Widespread
Update: 4:11 pm, 2/4/14, Tuesday DECATUR -- In the past few years, Lake Decatur has struggled to provide enough water to the area.
Update: 10:07 pm DECATUR -- A multimillion dollar project could help protect the city from drought.
URBANA -- Drought conditions are impacting farmers in Champaign County.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Droughts are a concern for everyone.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Farmers are taking advantage of warmer weather and getting in the fields.
DECATUR -- Towns around Central Illinois were devastated by flooding, but all of the rain actually helped one city.
DECATUR -- Residents will soon pay more for water.
DECATUR -- Snow from this week's storm is starting to melt and that's a good thing for the city.
Update: 10:08 pm
DECATUR -- The city council approved a plan to partner with ADM to increase emergency water supplies.
TOLONO -- Farmers around the state hope this year won't see a repeat of last year's summer drought.
All counties in Central Illinois are now listed with "normal" soil conditions according to the US Drought Monitor.
February is already looking to be cold.
DECATUR -- Last summer's drought is history at this point as the city now has the opposite problem.
Here's the drought monitor from the week of 1/31/13
Here's the drought monitor from January 17, 2013.
2012 will be remembered for drougth and hot weather. Here's a look at some of the stats.
Here's the drought monitor from January 10th of 2013.
Here's the drought monitor from the first week of 2013.
Here's the drought monitor for December 27th of 2012.
Here's the drought monitor from the week of December 20th, 2012.
Here's a look at the drought monitor from December 19th.
Here's the drought monitor for the week of December 6th.
Here's the drought monitor from the week of November 29th.
Here's a look at the current water restrictions in Central Illinois.
Here's a look at current burn bans across central Illinois.
Here's the drought monitor from the week of November 22nd.
Here's the drought monitor from 11/15/12.
A strong cold front brought rain and even a few snow flurries to areas of Central Illinois on Sunday night. Many areas saw over an inch of rain.
Here's the drought monitor for the week of 11/8/12
Here's The Drought Monitor for the week of 11/1/12.
Here's a look at what you can expect for November.
Here's a look at the drought monitor from the week of October 18th, 2012
DECATUR -- City leaders want to make sure people have plenty of water.
Here's the drought monitor for the week of October 11th, 2012.
Here's the drought monitor from September 25th, 2012.
DECATUR -- Lake Decatur is on the rise after seeing some rain in the last two weeks, but the city is not in the clear just yet.
Here's the drought monitor from 9/18/12
Here's a look ar our drought from the week of September 11th.
MACON COUNTY -- The drought is killing more than just crops.
Here's a look at the drought monitor for the week of September 4th.
DECATUR -- People here have been waiting for rain all summer.
DECATUR -- The drought is still taking a toll on Lake Decatur.
SPRINGFIELD -- Experts estimate record numbers of farmers will file claims on crop insurance policies this year because of the drought.
DECATUR -- It was good to see some much-needed rain last week, but it will do little to help the city.
ATWOOD -- The village's burn ban has been lifted.
CHAMPAIGN -- Thursday's storms dumped a lot of rain.
Here's the drought monitor from 8/16/12
MCLEAN COUNTY -- Officials are lifting the burn ban Wednesday, August 15.
DECATUR -- Lake levels continue dropping, so city officials are turning to alternate sources.
Update: 4:57 pm
DOUGLAS COUNTY -- The open burn ban has been lifted.
Update: 6:10 pm, 8/13/12
DECATUR -- Police aren't messing around when it comes to the city's water restrictions.
CERRO GORDO -- A temporary burn ban has been issued for open fires, flames and burning.
DECATUR -- The latest round of water restrictions kicked in Thursday.
SULLIVAN, IN -- Just across the state line, one golf course is thriving in the drought.
Here's a look at the drought monitor from July 7th.
DECATUR -- The city's latest round of water restrictions is forcing some businesses to shut down.
RANTOUL -- This mom had a big curve-ball thrown at her today.
SPRINGFIELD -- Wednesday night, the city council will discuss a new drought management plan.
DECATUR -- The drought is forcing part of a huge fishing tournament to skip town.
DECATUR -- Not enough water in Lake Decatur is giving boaters and families at home a lot to worry about.
MACON COUNTY -- The county has confirmed more cases of West Nile Virus.
McLEAN COUNTY -- In the middle of this severe drought, viewers noticed something interested.
Update: 5:01 pm
DECATUR -- A new level of water restriction has been enacted, and it's one the city has never seen.
DECATUR -- City leaders are issuing new water restrictions for residents. Starting Thursday, people will not be able to water lawns, trees, etc.
ATWOOD -- Village officials issued a burn ban until further notice.
SPRINGFIELD -- The park district has turned off five decorative fountains in an effort to conserve water.
DECATUR -- The park district has issued a burn ban, effective immediately.
Here's a look at the rainfall reports from around central Illinois from Thursday evening.
SAVOY -- As the drought wears on, the price of grain is going up.
Here's a look at the drought monitor from July 31st.
PESOTUM -- A broken-down car sparks a blaze that engulfed a nearby field.
CHARLESTON -- In Coles County, the drought is even impacting the fair.
ARGENTA- OREANA -- Fire officials are enforcing a mandatory Burn Ban effective immediately.
URBANA -- The drought has affected so much, many people wonder if the Annual Sweet Corn Festival can take place.
DECATUR -- The drought is hurting big businesses.
DEWITT COUNTY -- A farmer's gamble pays off.
DECATUR -- If you live in Our Town, chances are your weekend plans include the Celebration.
SPRINGFIELD -- Fire officials say it's too dry to burn.
DECATUR -- Dozens of contract workers at ADM got layoff notices Friday.
SPRINGFIELD -- The city's park district is conserving water during the recent heat wave and drought.
TAYLORVILLE -- Mayor Greg Brotherton is asking residents and businesses
to conserve water on a voluntary basis beginning August 1.
PEORIA -- The drought is bringing out more bugs this year, and it's boosting business for exterminators.
CHAMPAIGN -- Experts say the losses from this drought will be at least $12 billion dollars.
DECATUR -- The drought is forcing people to find a new place to wash their cars.
DECATUR -- Low lake levels will tell you how bad this drought is getting.
SAVOY -- Fire officials have issued a burn ban for the entire village.
BLUE RIDGE -- Coaches for the Blue Ridge Junior Football League are taking a safety course before the season starts Monday.
BLUE RIDGE -- The drought is putting a damper on one high school football team.
DECATUR -- Mandatory water restrictions are in full swing, and city leaders are making sure residents do their part.
CHAMPAIGN -- You might think hot days mean good news for local ice cream stores, but the heat is causing more harm than good.
URBANA -- Smokers often throw cigarette butts on the ground, but with the recent combination of heat and drought, firefighters say it has to stop.
SANGAMON COUNTY -- An open burn advisory is in effect immediately for the entire county until further notice.
MORTON -- While many people are tired of the heat, one farmer says the conditions are actually helping his crop.
DECATUR -- Water restrictions aren't hurting area laundromats.
OREANA -- The wells are drying up fast for folks in the village, costing people a big chunk of change.
LOGAN COUNTY -- Officials with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) say a burn advisory continues for the entire county.
HARRISBURG -- Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire.
Drought watch: Harvesting for shareholders and for those in need at the Sola Gratia Farm.