Flood Warning UPDATE: Fox River Will Overflow in Kane County
The National Weather Service Chicago has continued a Flood Warning for the Fox River at the Algonquin Lock & Dam tailwater, affecting Kane and McHenry counties, and the Fox River at Montgomery, affecting Kane and Kendall Counties.
A Flash Flood Watch continues for Kane County as well as Cook, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lake, Livingston, and Will.
According to the NWS, heavy rainfall over the last few days following a very wet snow on Saturday has resulted in widespread river flooding across portions of northern Illinois.
Some locations along the Illinois and DuPage river are well into moderate flood stage.
“This flooding will continue for the next week on slower response rivers,” the NWS said.
For river observation and forecast information for your area, go to weather.gov/Chicago and click on Rivers and Lakes, located above the watch, warning and advisory map of the area.
The direct Link for River Information: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=LOT.
Remember, do not drive or walk across flooded roadways.
Kane County Issues
For Kane County, there are two situations worth monitoring: present flooding and potential flooding in the coming days.
As of 10:09 a.m. today (Wednesday), the Fox River at the South Elgin Dam is above flood stage. The river is at 13.92 feet; the action level is 13.5 feet, according to the NWS graphic you see above.
In the coming two days, the Fox River at the Algonquin Tailwater is expected to reach 9.9 feet. The Action Stage is 9.0 feet and the Minor Flood Stage is 9.5 feet at that part of the river.
At the Fox River at Montgomery, the river is expected to reach 13.7 feet today. The Action Stage is 12.5 feet and the Minor Flood Stage is 13 feet in Montgomery.
Flood Safety Tips And Resources
For instance, it is vital to know what to do if you are driving and hit a flooded road. Here you will find an interactive flood map, information describing the different types of flooding and educational material.
You will also learn how the National Weather Service keeps you aware of potentially dangerous flooding situations through alerts and warnings.
Learn how to better protect yourself and your family by reading the NWS flood survivor stories.
If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of a flood, please share your story so NWS personnel can prevent others from becoming a victim. When you write, please note that NWS has permission to use your story and, if possible, let the NWS know the town and state you were in and the year the event took place.
SOURCE: National Weather Service website