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As rain continues, flooding possible

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 4:02 p.m. CDT

Spring rains have pounded the area so thoroughly in the last two days that flash flood and river flood warnings have been issued, officials said.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Friday, resulting in a significant rise in the Fox River water levels which could potentially cause flash flooding, said Don Bryant of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.

"We have two issues," Bryant said. "The first issue is the Fox River itself. It's been in flood since about last Friday, and the National Weather Service predicts another foot before it crests. The other concern is flash flooding. With the amount of water we have already received today, we are talking bout another inch or two overnight that could overwhelm creeks and drainage systems and cause some localized flooding."

In particular, local areas of repetitive flooding are in the Valley View area of St. Charles Township, he said.

Bryant recommends that people anticipate flooding by having a "go-bag" with a change of clothes, toiletries, water, a credit card and medications ready to go.

Those who expect to flood should seek shelter with friends or relatives in higher ground.

And if people experience flash flooding or a dangerous flooding situation and need to be evacuated, they should call 911. Bryant's office, coordinating with the Red Cross, will either open a mass care shelter or find temporary lodging at a hotel.

"The critical thing during this whole event is that people need to be aware of what's going on around them," Bryant said. "If they are starting to see water coming up in these streets, start thinking about 'How is this going to affect me?' and have a plan on what to do."

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