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Kishwaukee River reopens in DeKalb County

Rick Cunz of Cortland tries his luck fishing Thursday on the Kishwaukee River in Sycamore. The river reopened Thursday after being closed since July 22 upon recommendation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources because of high water from recent rains.
Rick Cunz of Cortland tries his luck fishing Thursday on the Kishwaukee River in Sycamore. The river reopened Thursday after being closed since July 22 upon recommendation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources because of high water from recent rains.

SYCAMORE – The Kishwaukee River reopened Thursday morning for the first time in almost two weeks, said Dennis Miller, emergency services director in DeKalb County.

The river was closed July 21, mostly because of high water levels and swift-moving currents in the river to the north of the county toward Rockford, although Miller said in some spots in

DeKalb County, low clearance made kayaking and canoeing precarious.
Miller said he received notification from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources before 10 a.m. that the river was safe to reopen, with no limitations.

He said he’d been in contact with the IDNR on a daily basis since the river was closed.
Heavy rainfall caused the river’s level to rise, and there’s at least a 20 percent chance of rain each day Friday through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The IDNR also reopened the Rock River on Tuesday. The Rock had been closed in four counties since July 22 in the wake of heavy rains and flooding.

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