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Flooding causes problems, but doesn’t shut down Illinois State Fair

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SPRINGFIELD – While most of the nation's eyes were focused on the flooding in Louisiana this weekend, that same weather system sent heavy rains as far north as Springfield, Illinois.

Record-setting rainfall flooded vehicles and campers outside the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Friday, and while Friday night's events were cancelled, the fairgrounds were open to attendees Saturday morning. 

A total of 5.59 inches of rain fell at the city's Capital Airport Friday:

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"Overnight crews were dispatched to buildings and barns to assess the facilities for any damage or flooding," state fair manager Kevin Gordon told the State Journal-Register. "At first light, another round of crews entered the Happy Hollow area to survey for any damage. At this point, we are confident it is once again safe to welcome fairgoers back to the fairgrounds."

More on the area's flooding HERE.

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