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NWS reports flood warnings until Friday morning

The Kishwaukee River rolls along and creeps within about an inch of the top of the foot bridge at Prairie Park in DeKalb when it was closed last July.
The Kishwaukee River rolls along and creeps within about an inch of the top of the foot bridge at Prairie Park in DeKalb when it was closed last July.

The National Weather Service reports that flooding may be possible until 7 a.m. Friday morning, and local officials are keeping an eye on roads and on the Kishwaukee River.

Dennis Miller, coordinator for Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, said he isn't anticipating any road closures or other disruptions in the county at this point. He said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources also is keeping an eye on statewide conditions.

Miller said the Kishwaukee River isn't navigable for boats in DeKalb County and doesn't have no-wake ordinances during flood-prone weather conditions like in Winnebago County. He said the river has been closed before because of high water, as it was last summer.

"I don't see that happening here," Miller said.

DeKalb Public Works director Tim Holdeman said he also wasn't aware of any closures as of Thursday afternoon. He said the water in the Kishwaukee River in DeKalb is currently more than four feet deep and said that the river has four more feet to go before the city experiences any difficulties.

"When we get to the level of eight and a half or nine feet on that, we're in a situation where we're going to experience some flooding," Holdeman said.

Holdeman said public works puts out barricades to warn people of any floods, should they occur. In the event of flooding, he said, people are able to pick up sand bags at the public works facility, 1216 Market St. in DeKalb, for personal use.

As a reminder, Miller said, people should be aware of their surroundings and not drive through water on roads. As everyone saw earlier this week in Rockford, he said, people had to be evacuated from their cars after they tried to drive through five inches of rain that fell in less than four hours.

"Be very, very cautious with moving water," Miller said. "It's powerful and can be really damaging."

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