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St. Charles activates emergency operations center

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:51 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – In addition to closely monitoring the weather and river levels, the city of St. Charles has activated the St. Charles Emergency Operations Center, and emergency management personnel are working to assist all residents and businesses, the city said in a news release Thursday morning.

As of 8 a.m., more than 3.25 inches of rain was reported at Ferson Creek, and more rain was expected through the day. The Fox River level reads at 19 feet and 1 inch in St. Charles. The flood stage for the river is 18 feet, 3 inches.

"Crews worked throughout the night to close off flooded streets and answer emergency calls," city administrator Brian Townsend said in the release. "So far there have been no power outages, just a few momentary power disruptions. In neighborhoods where excessive flooding has occurred, city personnel are assisting homeowners."

There are areas of localized flooding, particularly near Seventh Avenue creek. Sandbags have been delivered to the area for residents to help and are also available at the city's public works facility at 200 Devereaux Way.

"It is important to remember that the stormwater system is designed to handle moderate to heavy rain events," Townsend said. "This event is extreme and is taxing systems across the region."

The police and fire departments have extra staff on hand. All available public works personnel are responding to calls and assisting with flooded areas.

To report flooding in a particular area, call 630-377-4435. You also could report it on the St. Charles Connect interactive tool either through the City website or by downloading the new mobile app from your mobile device. For emergencies, call 911.

Information updates will be posted, as necessary, on the City website, www.stcharlesil.gov, the City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CityofStCharles and Twitter, twitter.com/cityofstcharles.

Flood closures:

• Tyler Road is closed at the railroad crossing • Sections of Illinois Avenue between 7th and 13th avenues are closed, as well as some adjacent streets • The Illinois Bridge is closed • The park district has closed Boy Scout Island • The Department of Natural Resources has restricted boating on the Fox River

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