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Update on road closures in St. Charles

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:07 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The City of St. Charles reports that flood waters are receding in some areas, and with rainfall diminishing, monitoring of the Fox River has become a key, according to a release issued by the city.

“Our staff and crews met yesterday before the storm hit to solidify our response plan,” city administrator Brian Townsend said in the release. “We continue to monitor the weather and local conditions. One thing we cannot stress enough is for people to pay attention to road closures and please do not wade through flooded areas. Currents can be deceptive, and injuries can occur from floating debris.”

Updated Flood Closure/Disruption:

• Water is on the pavement on East Main Street (800-900 block), but the road remains open.

• There is flooding on the north side of East Main Street in the construction zone; also temporary driveways/streets do not have culverts and material may wash away.

• There is standing water on Route 31 north of Main Street in front of Carroll Towers.

• Water has spilled over the river bank into the north parking lot at the Municipal Building.

• The pedestrian bridge at Indiana Avenue is closed.

The following roadways are opened or soon will be, provided there is no further rainfall:

• Tyler Road at the railroad crossing.

• Sections of Illinois Avenue between Seventh and 13th avenues are open, as well as the adjacent streets.

The following remains closed:

• State Street from Route 31 to Third Street.

• The Illinois Street/Avenue Bridge.

• The park district has closed Boy Scout Island.

• The Department of Natural Resources has restricted boating on the Fox River.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 3:30 p.m. today, the Fox River was more than 3.21 feet above flood stage. To see more river data, visit our website at www.stcharlesil.gov and click on the “Floodplain Info” icon on the front page. Select “Early Warning Flood Threat” from the “Other Sites: Related Info” menu. Reports also indicate that St. Charles received approximately 4.1 inches of rain. Kane County Office of Emergency Management estimates the Fox River should crest by April 20, according to the city's release.

Sandbags are available at the City’s Public Works facility, 200 Devereaux Way for anyone who needs them. To report flooding or for questions, call 630-377-4435.

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