Illinois Weather Trivia for May 16th
- Flash flooding was widespread across central Illinois, as strong thunderstorms moved across the area. 3-4 inches of rain fell in a few hours' time. Flooding in and around Lincoln produced $2 million damage.
- Most rivers across central and southeast Illinois were in flood, due to runoff from heavier rain several days earlier. The Embarras River at Lawrenceville crested at record levels on this date, while the Sangamon River crested from the 14th through the 16th at 2nd to 3rd highest levels on record. The Illinois River would crest later in the month around the third highest level on record.
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