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Heavy rains expected today and Sunday

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Kim Perry

Though Monday was met with more rainfall in the Starved Rock Country area, projections for river levels were lowered and the severity of flood warnings reduced.

Forecasters say record flooding is expected along the river through Friday as the river crests at about 29.5 feet.

If that prediction comes to fruition, it would be the ninth highest level in recorded history.

Eric Babcock, director of public works for West Dundee, said the village there had not received any reports of flooding Monday, but was keeping an eye out for any trouble.

The intersection of Roselle and Higgins in Hoffman Estates looks more like a swamp this Monday morning. Flood stage is at 11 feet. Eureka police Sgt. David Sindel said 30 to 50 homes in his town are endangered, along with about a dozen businesses as the river is expected to reach within half-a-foot of the 2015 record. That's the approximate level when southbound lanes of USA 67 at the Clark Bridge are normally closed and rerouted via northbound lanes.

Flash flooding quickly ensued throughout the Central states, leading to road closures and forcing evacuations. "It's just a matter of what time (the river) is going to reach certain levels", Haley said.

Preparation began early Sunday in Grafton. At 13.2 feet, water affects 60th Street south of John Deere Road in Moline, and 75th Avenue from Green Valley Park to 48th Street, and water is on Canal Road in Big Island.

Stage Coach Road near Gravette is expected to be closed for several days because of damage from flooding of the Spavinaw Creek.

The Loading Dock Bar and Grill could be mostly spared.

"It's still hanging with us", he said of the storm system Saturday evening. The larger rivers, however, which ingest not only the rain, but also these smaller rivers, will take longer to rise as well as fall.

The Illinois River is now above 15 feet with flood stage at 16 feet and the Mazon River was reported at 10.1 feet with action stage at 12 feet.

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