Emergency Management: How Kane County Weathered Monday’s Storm
There’s a temptation to say there were “no runs, no drips, no errors” in the management of Monday’s storms in Kane County, but while the storm passed with little major damage, it did offer a few challenges to Kane County to the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.
On Monday afternoon, Kane County activated its Emergency Operations Center at 4:36 p.m. in response to torrential rainfall with localized flooding. During the afternoon and early evening hours, the EOC and KaneComm received numerous reports of over-road flooding, Kane County Office of Emergency Management Director Don Bryant said.
The EOC received a request from a resident in Lily Lake for sandbags, as rain water had crossed the road and was entering their home, and Kane County’s Division of Transportation also responded to reports of road flooding to post warning signs.
At approximately 9 p.m., National Weather Service representatives called to advise they were predicting the Fox River, at Montgomery, would rise over flood stage overnight. Notifications were made to the river communities from Montgomery north to St. Charles, and the Fox River did rise to “Moderate” flood stage overnight. the river has since began to recede to the minor flood stage levels.
Neither the EOC nor KaneComm received any requests for assistance due to residential flooding overnight.
At one point, electrical service to the Geneva radio tower, that houses the Sheriff’s Office main radio transmitter, lost electrical service and the backup generator failed to start. The OEM provided a generator to get the transmitter back in service.
On Tuesday morning, KaneComm reported a few roads throughout the county remained under water, predominantly in the central and southern parts of the county. NWS is forecasting the level of the Fox River will continue to drop in the Montgomery area while the river south of Algonquin will continue to rise to just over action stage.
As of Tuesday, there has been no federal disaster declaration issued for Monday’s storm and there is no federal or state disaster assistance currently available, Bryant said. Homeowners who sustained damage during Monday’s storms need to report that damage to their insurance company.