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Melting snow may cause flooding, Crystal Lake police warn

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:42 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – With temperatures expected to rise about freezing, Crystal Lake residents are being advised to prepare for flooding.

Accumulated snow will melt if temperatures reach the 40s as forecasted next week, but because the ground is still frozen, the risk of flooding is increased, according to an alert issued by the Crystal Lake Police Department.

The advisory recommends that residents make sure their sump pump is working; make sure the gutter's downspout faces away from the house and is free of snow, ice and other debris; clear street drains and storm sewer grates of snow and ice; repair leaking or cracked basement walls and floors; and elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if the basement is susceptible to flooding.

- Northwest Herald

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