Nunda continues sandbagging efforts into night

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:45 p.m. CDT
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(H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)
Workers move sandbags to slow the flow of water coming from a retention pond across the street from the Algonquin Post Office. The water and mud closed Algonquin Rd.for much of the morning Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Algonquin.

9:30 P.M. UPDATE: Nunda Township's highway department will continue bagging sand for at-risk area residents into the night.

Township officials gathered volunteers this afternoon for the effort, and had about 15,000 sandbags together by 8 p.m., said Donna Kopsell, who works at the highway department office. Kopsell said the group had acquired lights and planned to continue working.

"As long as it takes," she said. "Tomorrow we'll be back and doing the same thing."

She said they planned on filling about 40,000 bags in all.

7:20 P.M. UPDATE: Water levels along the Fox River continued to rise throughout the afternoon and early evening.

As of 6 p.m., water had reached 6.23 feet in McHenry, just short of the 7-feet mark, which denotes major flooding.

The river also is approaching that designation in Algonquin, where 12 feet is considered major flooding. At 6 p.m., the level had reached 11.93 feet. It is expected to crest at 13.5 feet by midnight Saturday.

A flood warning is ongoing for the Fox River in Algonquin.

4:40 P.M. UPDATE: The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has again updated its flood-related roadways list. Closures now include: Jankowski Road between Billingsgate and Raycraft Road, Greenwood Township; the entirety of Coon Creek Road, Marengo; Carls Road, between Hartman Road and Grossen Road, Marengo; Grange Road, west of Blissdale Road to County Line Road, Marengo; Burma Road, between Grange Road to the 6100 block, Marengo; Jackson Road, west of Burma Road to County Line Road, Marengo.

Areas with high standing water now include College Street at Uteg Street, Crystal Lake; Mary Lane at Union Street, Crystal Lake, and Northshore Drive at East Avenue, Crystal Lake.

3:50 P.M. UPDATE: McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill has declared McHenry County a disaster emergency area. The declaration allows the state to provide assistance to the county. It lasts through Wednesday, April 24, but the McHenry County Board could choose to extend the declaration as needed.

3:45 P.M. UPDATE: McHenry County remains under a flood warning until 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Excessive run-off from heavy rains will continue to cause flooding of small creeks and streams, highways and underpasses.

There is a flood warning along the Fox River in Algonquin until further notice. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the river measured at 11.84 feet. Major flooding occurs at 12 feet. The river is expected to crest at 14 feet Saturday morning.

In McHenry, the Fox River was at 6.08 feet at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, which exceeds the moderate flooding stage. Major flooding can occur at 7 feet.

3:25 P.M. UPDATE: Lake County has declared all Lake County roads are now open. There are some local and state excpetions, however. You can get Lake COunty road updates on Twitter by following @LCPASSAGE.

2:35 P.M. UPDATE: Nunda Township's Highway department is helping by filling sandbags at the Township Offices for delivery to residents whose homes are at risk.  Because of the urgency of the situation the Highway Department is working around the clock and they are looking for willing and able volunteers who can help. Volunteers will be welcome at the Highway Commissioner's office located at 3518 Bay Road in Crystal Lake.

1:40 P.M. UPDATE: Lake County has been in a state of emergency since 9 a.m. due to flooding of the Des Plaines River, Fox River and Chain O'Lakes. The county has received 4 inches of rain in the last 36 hours, and is expecting to exceed record flood stages at some locations

1:20 P.M. UPDATE: As of 11:30 a.m., the Fox River was at approximately 11.84 feet, which continues to cause flooding in the floodplain. The river crest is projected to be at 14 feet by Saturday.

The Village of Algonquin has issued notice to residents in the floodplain about the potential of property damage and encouraged sandbagging.

Sandbags are available at Hubbard Street and Oceola Drive, Rattray Drive and Beach Drive, Rattray Drive and Filip Road, Center Street and Willow Street, LaFox River Road at Cornish Park, and Riverfront Park.

Motorists are still urged to avoid downtown Algonquin.

12:55 P.M. UPDATE: The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has updated its flood-related roadway list. Closures now include Maxon Road between Oak Grove Road and Graft Road in Chemung and Riverside Road at Brentwood in McHenry. Areas with high standing water now include Algonquin Road between Route 31 and Pyott Road, State Line Road between Lilja Road and Weidner Road, County Line Road at Route 173 in Harvard, Fleming Road between Bull Valley Road and Country Club Road in Woodstock, Ramer Road at Oak Grove Road in Harvard, River Road between McHenry Dam Road and Fernview Road in McHenry, Kishwaukee Valley Road at Noe Road in Marengo, Route 176 west of Terra Cotta Road, and Queen Anne Road between Route 120 and Bull Valley Road.

11:25 A.M. UPDATE - Algonquin Road near the intersection of Routes 62 and 31 in downtown Algonquin has reopened in both directions after a retention pond flooded, sending water and mud on the roadway.

11:20 A.M. UPDATE: Due to flooding, the McHenry County Conservation District has closed all horse trails. Stickney Run is closed. Valley Road in Glacial Park is impassable. Nippersink Creek is at a high flood stage.

11:05 A.M. UPDATE: The Fox Lake waterways are closed and will be reopened when the conditions are no longer considered dangerous, according to the website of the agency that oversees the waterways.

The amount of flooding is on par with 2007, the last big flood in the area, agency Executive Director Ron Barker said.

10:50 A.M. UPDATE: The McHenry County Sheriff's Office reports that Kemman Road north of Van Der Karr Road is completely washed out and Mason Road between Oak Grove Road and Graff Road is closed in Chemung.

Roadways with high-standing water include Route 20 at County Line Road in Marengo, River Road between Route 23 and Squire Road in Marengo, Route 23 at Collins Road in Marengo, Route 23 at Olbrich Road in Marengo, Oak Grove Road between Route 172 and Wright Road in Harvard, St. Patricks Road at Murray Road in Woodstock, Route 47 at Hercules Road in Woodstock, Sunnyside Road at Perkins Road in Woodstock, Route 31 at Ringwood Road in Ringwood, Route 12 at Wilmot Road in Spring Grove, Wright Road in Prairie Grove, Route 176 at Buhl Road in Prairie Grove, Riverside Drive in Nunda Township, and Riverdale Road and Dee Road in Island Lake.

10:30 A.M. UPDATE: The Village of Algonquin is advising motorists to avoid downtown Algonquin due to road closures and flash flooding. That area includes Routes 31 and 62. Algonquin Road remains closed between Pyott Road and Main Street. Motorists can use Randall Road as a north-south alternate.

10:15 A.M. UPDATE: According to the Kane County Office of Emergency Management, sandbagging efforts are underway along the Fox River in the Valley View area north of St. Charles, South Elgin, Algonquin and Dundee areas.

10 A.M. UPDATE: Governor Pat Quinn has activated the State Incident Response Center in Springfield to assess flooding and expedite assistance that is needed.

9:40 A.M. UPDATE: The latest observed reading by the National Weather Service as the Fox River at 5.58 feet in McHenry. Moderate flooding happens at 6 feet.

In Algonquin, the latest level reading was 11.88 feet. Major flooding can occur at 12 feet.

9:33 A.M. UPDATE: Construction crews  working on the Western Bypass in Algonquin near the intersection of Routes 31 and 62 are in the process of sandbagging a retention pond that has flooded, causing mud to cover the roadway and close westbound Algonquin Road in that area.

9:20 A.M. UPDATE: Cornish Park in Algonquin is closed.

9:15 A.M. UPDATE: Roads closed in Algonquin include Algonquin Road from Pyott Road to Main Stree; Woodst Creek Lane from Woods Creek Court to Greensview; LaFox River Drive from Washington Street to Cornish Park; Fox River Drive from Rattray Drive to End; Cumberland Parkway from Ozark to Yosemite Parkway; Glacier From Glacier Court to Cumberland Parkway; Teton from Cumberland Parkway to Cumberland Parkway; and intersection of Yellowstone Parkway and Cumberland Parkway.

ORIGINAL STORY: Motorists are urged to use caution this morning as area dispatchers are reporting several roadways throughout McHenry County with standing water on them due to heavy rainfall that started yesterday.

Rainfall totals thus far across the area include about 5 inches in Algonquin, approximately 4.62 in Cary, approximately 3.94 in Woodstock, approximately 3.81 in McHenry, and approximately 3.71 in Crystal Lake, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

The river flood warning continues for the Fox River at the Algonquin Tailwater, according to the National Weather Service. Moderate flooding has already occurred and major flooding is forecasted.

By Thursday morning, the water level was at approximately 11.4 feet. The river will continue to rise to near 13.9 feet by Saturday morning, forecasters predict.

Officials from the Lake County Sheriff's Office said there is a growing list of roadways struggling with flooding problems this morning, include Fox Lake and Gurnee.

A flood warning is also remains in effect until noon on Thursday and a flood watch is set to expire at 7 a.m. on Friday, according to the weather service. Rain will continue to fall over much of northern Illinois and far northwest Indiana through late morning.

Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible today.

Some areas had already received more than 3 inches of rain as of Wednesday night.

Trouble spots in McHenry County include Routes 62 and 31, where standing water near construction in that area is backing up traffic. Vine Street between Reed Road and Joan Avenue is also closed in Huntley.

In Barrington Hills, a portion of Lake Cook Road is closed, and there is also a problem with standing water south of Lake Cook Road on Brinker Road, according to authorities.

Roadway accumulation is also affecting Route 14 between Burband and Brown streets.

Dispatchers also warned morning commuters of the areas of Route 31 and Lincoln Avenue in Carpentersville, and Bartlett and Higgins roads in South Barrinton.

The McHenry County Division of Transportation is also aware of standing water on Fleming Road and Kishwaukee Valley Road.

Anne Street between Dale Avenue and Route 31 is also closed in McHenry.

Metra trains along the Northwest Line are experiencing delays due to the heavy rainfall, according to Metra's website.

The Kennedy, Edens and Eisenhower expressway were closed in several locations, according to media reports.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, roadways either closed or experiencing high standing water include:

• Algonquin Road between Route 31 and Pyott Road in Algonquin

• Kemman Road north of Van Der Karr Road (roadway washed out)

• Rout 20 at County Line Road in Marengo

• River Road between Route 23 and Squire Road in Marengo

• Route 23 at Collins Road in Marengo

• Oak Grove Road between Route 173 and Wright Road in Harvard

• St. Patricks Road at Murray Road in Woodstock

• Route 31 at Ringwood Road in Ringwood

• Riverdale Road and Dee Drive in Island Lake

Check back to www.NWHerald.com for updates.

— Lawerence Synett

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Residents along the Fox River should be prepared for major flooding, the National Weather Service said, as the area readies for another wet day.

Late Wednesday night, the weather service upgraded the level at which the Fox River will crest from moderate to major flooding.

The weather service anticipates Wednesday’s severe weather will continue today with damaging thunderstorm winds and hail larger than one inch in diameter.

The threat for isolated tornadoes also remains.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Fox River at the Algonquin Tailwater. By Wednesday afternoon, the water level was at 10.21 feet. Rounds of heavy rain-producing thunderstorms also are expected today, which will continue the flooding threat.

“There could be flooding not just near creeks, streams and rivers, but we could also see some pretty significant flooding in low-lying areas,” said Gino Izzi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The area’s recorded rainfall was as high as 2.26 inches in Cary, 2.25 inches in Algonquin, 2.21 inches in McHenry and 1.94 inches in Woodstock, said a Weather Service meteorologist.

An aerial flood warning remains in effect through noon today as thunderstorms are expected to produce rainfall in excess of 4 inches in some portions of northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

The Fox Waterway Agency closed the entire Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes system from Algonquin to the state line. Residents along waterways were encouraged to sandbag their properties.

In Algonquin, sandbags will be available for residents at the Algonquin Wastewater Treatment Facility, 125 Willbrandt St.

The National Weather Service was forecasting water levels to be 2 feet above flood stage at the Fox River in Algonquin, and drivers should take extra caution when going through low-lying areas, Izzi said.

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