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Rain, snow cause some flooding in DeKalb County

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Rain falling on accumulated snow caused minor flooding around DeKalb County late Sunday and early Monday.

Mark Espy, director of DeKalb’s street operations, said the Kishwaukee River crested at 7.9 feet early Monday, staying below the 8.5-foot mark that causes flooding. But there were still trouble areas, Espy said.

The worst flooding occurred in the flood plain spanning the Sycamore Golf Course and Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park.

Wendy Ziegler, a 14-year resident of the park, noticed about five inches of standing water in the worst areas of the park, but said the homes closest to Route 64 were spared.

Ziegler said she had to park her car near the front of the park to get it out of the water. The cinder blocks she placed near her door to serve as steps had been submerged.

“It’s a real inconvenience, and the water is cold,” she said. “It’s hard to get outside.”

The park has suffered two major floods in the past six years. A county effort to relocate Evergreen Village residents – funded with state and federal grants – is under way, although the process is expected to take more than a year.

Outside of the park, some mild flooding occurred throughout the county.

Brief road closures occurred Monday morning near Lions Park, 700 W. Taylor St., in DeKalb, Espy said, as water started to rise near a cul-de-sac.

DeKalb County Highway crews also placed water on pavement signs on Malta, Perry and Waterman roads where minor flooding was caused from snow in ditches pushing water out.

Wayne Davey, support services manager for the county highway department, said crews were repairing the shoulders and replacing gravel Monday morning.  

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