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updated: 4/18/2013 3:08 PM

Some South Elgin residents asked to evacuate

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  • Water continues to rise on the Fox River at the bridge in South Elgin.

       Water continues to rise on the Fox River at the bridge in South Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Water invades Seba Park after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.

       Water invades Seba Park after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • An unidentified man attempts to drive his car down East Spring Avenue after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.

       An unidentified man attempts to drive his car down East Spring Avenue after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Gogo of South Elgin returns for another sandbag after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin. "This is just brutal. It's never been like this," said Gogo, who had been up since 3 a.m. working to protect his home.

       Paul Gogo of South Elgin returns for another sandbag after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin. "This is just brutal. It's never been like this," said Gogo, who had been up since 3 a.m. working to protect his home.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Flooding on the Fox River

 

People along Riverside Drive in South Elgin are being asked to evacuate because of the storm but so far that evacuation is not mandatory.

According to the South Elgin Police Department, drivers are being asked to stay off Woodrow Avenue, Wilson Way, Chipstone Drive, Park Street, Crystal Avenue, Spring Avenue and North Water Street. Residents can still access their homes along those streets but police are trying to keep unnecessary traffic off the roads.

Quarry Street may also be closed later Thursday as police continue to monitor the water levels.

Paul Gogo lives on South River Street, which runs parallel to the Fox River just south of the South Elgin dam. He said he was up at 3 a.m. to start laying sandbags and protect his home from the flooding.

"This is just brutal," Gogo said. "It's never been like this."

Residents can stop by the South Elgin Public Works Department garage at 735 Martin Drive for sandbags but trucks have also been taking sand to areas where entire streets are in bad shape.

• Daily Herald photographer Brian Hill contributed to this story.

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