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Rivers will rise more; then fall

Posted by wlpo on December 29, 2015

    Many rivers across the state are in flood or near-flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The Illinois River was at 26.5 feet late Tuesday morning at LaSalle. That’s 6 ½ feet over flood stage. The river is expected to top 30.9 feet by Wednesday evening before receding. At Ottawa, the river is 2 ½ feet over flood stage. It’s expected to reach almost 6 feet over flood stage Wednesday afternoon and fall below flood stage by Sunday evening. The Vermillion River at Leonore was almost 8 feet over flood stage at mid-morning Tuesday. The Weather Service expects the Vermillion to rise to 25. 4 feet – 9 ½ feet over flood stage on Wednesday morning then drop below flood stage by Friday morning. At Dayton, The Fox River, mid-morning Tuesday was 1.2 feet over flood stage. The Fox will remain steady for awhile and then fall below flood stage by Thursday evening.

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