Kane County Flood Warning: Algonquin Makes Sandbags Available
The NWS Chicago has issued a Flood Warning and Flash Flood Watch, in effect for portions of Kane County until 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 12,, 2017).
At 2:03 p.m. emergency management officials reported ongoing flooding in numerous locations as a result of heavy rainfall earlier today. Localized flash flooding may still be occurring but generally the concerns have shifted to standing water. Conditions should gradually improve through the afternoon.
The Flood Warning is in northeastern Kane County.
The Flash Flood Watch is for all of Kane County and is in place from 9 p.m. today through 9 a.m. Thursday (July 13, 2017).
Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall rates of more than 1 inch per hour are expected to move across north central and northeast Illinois, and portions of northwest Indiana this evening into overnight.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” the NWS says. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
Algonquin: Get Out The Sandbags
The village of Algonquin issued a news release this afternoon (Wednesday) alerting residents of the potential for flooding of the Fox River at the Algonquin tailwater affecting Kane and McHenry counties.
“As of 12:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017, the Fox River is at a 9.95 feet, which will begin to cause minor flooding in the floodplain,” the release said. “With current National Weather Service predictions of the river cresting at 13.3 feet at noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017, the village is issuing notice to the residents in the floodplain that a flood with the potential to damage property is likely and that sandbagging is encouraged directly.
“Sandbags will be available for residents as soon as practicable at various locations adjacent to the flood plain areas.”
At this time, village officials said they do not see an immediate need to leave the area, but residents are encouraged to monitor the quickly changing conditions and to take appropriate actions, including possible relocation.
Residents with questions regarding the flooding event and most current forecasts may visit the village website at www.algonquin.org.
SOURCE: village of Algonquin, National Weather Service Chicago