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Weather and flooding updates

The Daily Chronicle will continue to update this Web page throughout the day as we receive weather-related news from local governments, organizations and the National Weather Service.

2:25 p.m. update • Vendors will be allowed to set up booths on Lincoln Highway for Corn Fest, but all activities planned for today have been cancelled. The bike ralley planned for Sunday has been cancelled. As of 2:15 p.m., Corn Fest officials said the festival will be held Saturday and Sunday.

1 p.m. update • The city of DeKalb is in the process of moving the shelter for residents who have been displaced by the recent flood to the DeKalb Park District Sports and Recreation Center at 1765 S. Fourth St. The move will be complete by 2 p.m. City Manager Mark Biernacki said he was grateful to Northern Illinois University for their quick response in setting up the original collection center shortly after midnight. The city feels the park district facility is better suited to serve as a shelter for a longer period of time.

• Northern Illinois University declared an emergency closure at 10 a.m. today, asking personnel not designated to emergency or student services to leave campus as soon as possible. With many roads covered in water, and additional rain forecast for this afternoon, travel throughout the county is likely to grow increasingly difficult throughout the day. Various portions of campus are flooded as well, particularly those near the Kishwaukee River. A handful of buildings have experiences minor basement flooding; a more serious concern remains the flood-related shut-down of a power substation serving large portions of the east campus and the closure of bridges on Castle Drive, Lincoln Highway and Lucinda Avenue. Residence halls will remain open and staffed, and all essential services related to student life - including housing, dining and health facilities - are available. Students or family members with questions or concerns should contact the office of the vice president of student affairs at (815) 753-1573. Two major events - the Academic Convocation and Friday Fest - have been cancelled, as have two matched scheduled for tonight in the two-day NIU Invitational volleyball tournament. Students living in the newly constructed Northern View apartment complex on the far west campus have been moved to temporary quarters in residence halls and the Holmes Street Center.

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