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St. Charles offers sandbag material amid flooding concern

The Fox River rose to cover parts of the riverside path in downtown Batavia the afternoon of July 12.
The Fox River rose to cover parts of the riverside path in downtown Batavia the afternoon of July 12.

ST. CHARLES – The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a flood warning for the Fox River, according to a news release from the city of St. Charles.

The warning includes Montgomery and notes that the Fox River at Algonquin to the north is forecast to reach major flood stage sometime July 13, with the river cresting the morning of July 15. The area is under a flash flood watch from 9 p.m. July 12 to 9 a.m. July 13.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has designated the Fox River a restricted boating area from Pistakee Lake, south to the Montgomery dam because of hazardous conditions.

“Our emergency management and public works crews have been monitoring the river levels,” said St. Charles City Administrator Mark Koenen. “Our police, fire and public works departments are ready to respond if they are needed.”

Flooding is expected to remain localized along the Fox River. Walkways along the river will be closed as necessary. The city has sand and bags available at the entrance to the Public Works facility at Deveraux Way and Riverside Avenue near Langum Park in St. Charles for residents to come and fill if they think they will need them, according to the release.

For more information on the sandbag material, visit stcharlesil.gov/services/seasonal-services/sand-bags-and-sand.

Flood safety tips

The city shared the following tips, referencing stcharlesil.gov/flood, and noted that during heavy rains, one should think twice before going out.

• Do not drive around roadblocks or through a flooded area. More people drown in cars than anywhere else.

• Do not walk through flowing water. Currents can be deceptive; 6 inches of water can knock you off your feet.

• Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires, and turn off your power if you suspect flooding in your home. Electrical current can travel through water. Electrocution is the second leading cause of death during floods.

• Also beware of gas leaks. Turn off the gas to your house before it floods. If you smell gas, report it to the gas company and don’t use candles, lanterns or open flames.

• Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains. Water can carry dangerous items or may suck smaller people into them.

• Clean everything that has been wet. Flood water may be contaminated with sewage or chemicals.

• Look out for displaced animals, especially snakes.

• Do not use gas engines, such as generators, or charcoal fires indoors during power outages. Carbon monoxide exhaust can pose serious health hazards.

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