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Campers work to dry out after record-setting rainfall

(Aug. 15, 2016) -- The second full day of the Illinois State Fair was marked by cleanup following a torrential downpour Friday that flooded Happy Hollow and caused extensive damage to camper trailers and vehicles.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Kim Keyser of rural Wayne County was keeping a positive outlook Saturday as she looked for salvageable items inside her water-logged Airstream camper at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Keysers’ Airstream was one of 54 campers in Happy Hollow that were uninhabitable after a Friday evening thunderstorm dropped more than 5 inches of rain in two hours and caused extensive flooding throughout the fairgrounds. Water on the west end of Happy Hollow where the Airstream was parked was estimated at 4 to 5 feet.

To read the full story by The State Journal Register, click here.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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