Heavy rainfall expected across state through the weekend

Lester Mason
February 22, 2018

According to the National Weather Service, the Little Calumet River was at 19.15 feet in South Holland as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, or more than 2.5 feet above flood stage.

Weather service forecasters say more rain is expected through Saturday, ranging from less than an inch in northern IL to 3 to 4 inches in far southern IL.

After a lull in precipitation, heavy rainfall is expected to return to Arkansas later Thursday and linger through the weekend, the National Weather Service said. Waterville is the river's most downstream flood gauge.

This rain will create flooding problems in low lying or flood prone areas.

In Allen County, three roads were reported as experiencing high water: Griffen Road from Auburn Road to Hollopeter Road; Cook Road from Butt Road to Felger Road; and Fogel Road from North County Line Road to McComb Road.

In Green County, rescue operations were required to pull people out of two vehicles that were swept away by water rushing over roads that had been closed becuase of flooding, according to McKeon.

Many of our communities have combined sewer systems, where both storm water and sanitary sewage travels in the same pipes, ” she said.

The Pecatonica at Darlington crested at 15.3 feet on Tuesday but was down to 14.8 feet Wednesday.

Thursday through Tuesday: Another potential significant rainfall event is expected Saturday and Saturday night, and this could further exacerbate flooding conditions. The river should be below flood stage by Friday.

- The Rock River at Joslin was at 11 feet and rising; flood stage is 12 feet. Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in White Lake, Mich. said the Raisin should crest around 9.7 feet sometime Thursday morning.

The flooding caused several cars to become stranded in high water and multiple roads had to be shut down, the Associated Press reports.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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