Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

EMA Officials: Expect Worse River Flooding

Flood warnings remain in effect for rivers in central and northern IL after heavy rains earlier this week as National Weather Service forecasters say more precipitation is expected.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms, with heavy rain at times, were expected to develop across the region later Wednesday.

Forecasters expect up to an inch and a half of rain between now and Sunday, which add a lot of water to the rising Susquehanna River and begs the question: Will the river flood? At 10:45 a.m. today, the stage was 25.0 feet.

Only minor flooding was occurring Thursday along the Maumee near Defiance and Waterville; at the latter, the river barely reached flood stage Thursday and was expected to retreat back to within its banks by Friday morning. The record flood level for the Pec at Shirland is 18.1 feet. The Illinois River was reportedly at major flooding stage in Ottawa and Morris, Thursday morning, and officials had evacuated residents in the city of Marseilles just east of Ottawa as a result. Creek and stream flooding will be the biggest concern for Friday, but river flooding chances will increase by the weekend.

Downstream, a crest 0.1 feet above flood stage was forecast for Friday morning in Dundee, while an 0.5-foot crest was occurring in Monroe and flooding was forecast to end Sunday evening.

"The forecast right now for the Ohio River at Moundsville is that it will crest at 43 feet, but that could change", Hart said.

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.

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