Davis Announces Restoration of Champaign NOAA Weather Radio Service
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) has restored NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) WXJ-76 service to Champaign and Piatt counties. The previous tower became inoperable on February 20th, 2020 and these counties were left with little to no NWR service. DeWitt, Macon, and McLean counties were also left with a reduced level of service. NWR alerts are a critical tool for many to warn them of severe weather – especially during sleeping hours and in rural areas out of range of siren towers.
Davis and his office has been in regular contact with NOAA on the importance of restoring weather radio service throughout the service outage. This includes speaking with the former top official at NOAA, Dr. Neil Jacobs, to ensure the agency was fully aware of the importance of restoring this service to the community in a timely manner.
"This weekend NOAA and the NWS brought the Champaign NOAA Weather Radio tower back online. This great news means we finally have life-saving weather radio service restored to Champaign and Piatt counties among others," said Davis. "I want to thank NOAA and the NWS for working diligently to complete this process. It took longer than it should have due to multiple failed tower contract negotiations, but the agency kept me and my constituents informed of their persistent efforts along the way."