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Remnants of Isaac Worry Ameren, Illinois Farmers

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BELLEVILLE, IL (IRN) - Ex-hurricane Isaac, now a tropical depression, is supposed to reach Illinois Friday night.

Forecasters are saying the storm might produce 12 inches of rain.

Ameren is mostly worried about the wind, says Michael Marx, regional supervisor for distribution and emergency response, based in Belleville.

“Not to say that as a result of extreme rains that we might not experience flooding, and with flooding may perhaps washout of ground around our poles and that type of thing, but the major threat at this point in time would be severe damaging winds,” he said.

The rain is supposed to be heaviest in the overnight hours Friday into Saturday, and then tucker out by late Saturday or Sunday.

This is not good news for farmers whose corn and soybean crops have suffered through drought all year. They say the rain could make fields too muddy for harvest, and the wind could blow over the corn stalks.

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