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Dittman Road at Plato Road closed by downed power poles

Storm damage from thunderstorms and flash floods rolled over Kane County into the morning of July 12. A flash flood warning first reported on July 11 continues July 12 for the Kane County area.

The extreme weather led to at least one road closure.

“The only real issue that we have besides storm damage and tree limbs is Dittman Road is closed at Plato [Road],” Bill Edwards, maintenance superintendent for the Kane County Division of Transportation, said of reported damage. “Some strong winds went through Plato by Dittman Road and broke off a bunch of power poles. … Probably a dozen poles lying out in the field.”

The poles were snapped in half and have wires lying across the roads, according to Edwards. Travel on Dittman Road isn’t completely restricted as motorists can still travel to Lenz Road and McDonald Road, just not to Plato Road.

Don Bryant, director of Kane County’s Office of Emergency Management, said there have been scattered power outages throughout the county, with 3,000 customers without power, according to a ComEd report he received.

As of 9 a.m., the Kane County Division of Transportation had a storm damage crew checking for any other issues. Edwards reported there were some flash floods in the northern part of Kane County.

“Some went down right away; some took a few hours,” Edwards said.

Bryant would agree.

“There is water everywhere,” Bryant said. “Right now, we are hearing reports of flooding up in Carpentersville.”

Bryant reported he’s been in contact with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which stated the Fox River is rising. He mainly attributes the rise to rainfall received in New Munster, Wis., which was around 7 inches.

“There have been reports of standing water on roadways throughout the county,” Bryant said.

Meteorologist Amy Seeley with the National Weather Service reported rainfall totals in the area between 2 and 5 inches, with Elgin receiving 4.29 inches as of 7 a.m. July 12.

“[The rain fall totals] are for the first band,” Seeley said of the storms that occurred prior to 7 a.m. The NWS posted the flash flood warning will be in effect until 4:15 p.m. and a flood warning will be in effect until 1 p.m. July 12.

There is a chance of thunderstorms July 13, but the NWS forecasts July 14 to be mostly sunny.

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