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Tri-Cities area steers clear of major flooding issues

Jose Rodriguez uses a plow to clean up some of the melting snow at the BP Amoco station on Route 38 in Geneva on Thursday afternoon.
Jose Rodriguez uses a plow to clean up some of the melting snow at the BP Amoco station on Route 38 in Geneva on Thursday afternoon.

Kane County was spared major flooding problems Thursday despite melting snow and a daylong rain.

"From a countywide standpoint, we haven't had any issues develop," said Don Bryant, director of the Kane County Office of Emergency Management. "Let's hope we dodged a bullet and things kind of stabilize."

After temperatures that flirted with 50 degrees Thursday, colder weather will return today. The high temperature today is expected to be 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Fox River was well below flood stage, Bryant said.

"It was 5.38 feet as of Thursday afternoon," he said. "Flood stage is at 9 feet. There also are no ice jams that we are aware of."

In Geneva, storm sewer inlets on Second Street in downtown Geneva that were frozen over with ice threatened to cause flooding problems at the city's parking garage.

"The water had nowhere else to go," Geneva communications coordinator Kevin Stahr said. "On the eastern side of the garage, there were six cars in jeopardy of being flooded. That area is a little lower than the rest of the parking garage."

Water had begun rising up the tires of the cars, but had not entered the cars, Stahr said. The city's public works staff worked with the police department to have the cars moved to higher and drier areas of the parking deck, he said.

"No cars were damaged due to flooding," Stahr said. "The situation is under control. The parking garage is still open and operational at this point."

To prevent flooding, municipalities have been urging residents to clear storm drains of ice, snow and debris around their property, both in the street and any that may be in the rear or side yards.

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