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Lisle firefighters carry a resident of the Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle to safety after floodwaters threatened the facility.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Lisle firefighters carry a resident of the Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle to safety after floodwaters threatened the facility.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Lisle firefighters carry a resident of the Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle to safety after floodwaters threatened the facility.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

East Dundee firefighter Nick Beauchaine, carries a scared Roxi after helping her owner from her home on Fox River Drive along the Fox River Thursday in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Volunteers Cathy Blaeser of Batavia and Dave Weede of Geneva shovel sand down from the State Street Bridge down to sandbaggers below by the Herrington Inn in Geneva on Thursday, April 18. Owner of the Herrington Inn, Paul Ruby, put out the call for help early and people came by the dozens to help out. Many said that Ruby has helped the community so much and it was their turn to help him.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Volunteers stack sandbags at the waterline by the Herrington Inn in Geneva on Thursday, April 18. Paul Ruby, owner of the Herrington Inn, put out the call for help early and people came by the dozens to help out. Many said that Ruby has helped the community so much and it was their turn to help him.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Rachel Giblin of Aurora helps sandbag at the Herrington Inn in Geneva on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Oakwood Avenue in Des Plaines, just east of the River, is closed due to flooding Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident Tony Angarola wipes his brow as he works to pump more water from his crawl space back into the Fox River Thursday morning.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Des Plaines River Road at Oakwood Avenue is closed south of downtown due to flooding Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Ray Ritthamel, left, of the Des Plaines Public Works hands a sandbag to resident Sal Castellanos in the parking lot of Christ Church as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Dakota Morrison of Crystal Lake takes a break after unloading another trailer of sand bags Thursday morning in Algonquin.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Oakwood Avenue in Des Plaines, just east of the River, is closed due to flooding Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Dan Bachar of Des Plaines wheels a cart loaded with sandbags to his parents house on Walnut Avenue as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Dan Bachar of Des Plaines wheels a cart loaded with sandbags to his parents house on Walnut Avenue as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Ray Ritthamel of the Des Plaines Public works loads sandbags for residents as part of an operation set up in the parking lot of Christ Church as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Illinois Department of Transportion crews have shut down Route 137 between Casey Road and Route 83 in Grayslake due to water on the roadway.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Mike Brancecum of South Elgin, left, and an unidentified man prepare to move one of his vehicles on East Spring Ave in South Elgin after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Water is pumped out from a flooded section of the sub basement at Libertyville High School Thursday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Assistant Fire Cheif Ken Komers investigates the sub basement of Libertyville High School that had about 3 feet of water in it. The flooding is thought to have caused some slight damage to the foundation.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Grounds worker Ken Pilman stretches out a hose as workers try to pump water from a flooded section of the sub basement at Libertyville High School Thursday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

The front yard of the Campton United Soccer Club headquarters is flooded at Peck Road and Dean Street in St. Charles on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Excess water flows around a decorative waterfall (on left) and down an embankment near the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles, in turn flooding the entrance to the building off Peck Road just a few feet away on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Water bellows from a sewer cap along Route 38 just west of Peck Road in St. Charles on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Cars still pass through a rapidly flooding Peck Rd at Dean Street in St. Charles on Thursday, April 18. The north side of the street was flooded allowing only for passage on the south side.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The Illinois Street Bridge in downtown St. Charles is closed on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Water shoots out of a hose line dropped into a sewer to eject excess rainfall into the Fox River along the pedestrian path on Route 25 in St. Charles on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Police shut down Arlington Heights Road south of I90 because of flooding.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights Road shut down south of I90 because of flooding.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Arlington Heights Road shut down south of I90 because of flooding.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Manny Stewart carries a sandbag from the public works loading operation at the Christ Church parking lot to his mom's van as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Martha Martinez ties sandbags loaded in the back of her van at the Christ Church parking lot as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Glen Ellyn Rd, north of North Avenue in Glendale Heights was closed. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

East Dundee firefighter Nick Beauchaine, carries a scared Roxi after helping her owner from her home on Fox River Drive along the Fox River Thursday in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

North Main Street in Wheaton is closed in front of the main fire station. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

Bob Pellicane looks at the flooding that is preventing him from getting to his job at Dollar General in Glendale Heights. Several businesses at North Ave. and Glen Ellyn Rd. were under water, including Glendale Grooming Salon, and a barber shop next door. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

A creek in Bloomingdale at Glen Ellyn Road turned into a raging river and overflowed into nearby driveways. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

Police direct traffic off Glen Ellyn Rd. in Glendale Heights at Armitage. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

East Dundee firefighter Nick Beauchaine, left, and lieutenant Jason Parthun, help Barrie Komorski and her dog Roxi from her home along Fox River Drive after flooding on the Fox River caused voluntary evacuation Thursday in East Dundee. "I normally would have stayed but the shut off the gas so I had to leave because of my dog Roxi" Komorski said.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Des Plaines River Road is closed south of downtown due to flooding Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Eric Johnson of Lake in the Hills helps add more sandbags behind a home on in Algonquin along the west side of the Fox River Thursday morning.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident Roger Baumgartner watches as his neighbor Tony Angarola gets a pump fired up to get water out of his crawl space Thursday morning along Willow Street near the Fox River.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident David Bateman hands a sand bag to Corinne Breskovich of Crystal Lake as they join with other to protect a home along the Fox River in Algonquin Thursday morning.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident Mike Blunk pitches in to help load more sand bags at a drop-off point near Towne Park Thursday morning. The village continued to drop more sand bags during the morning, but they were quickly used up by residents trying to keep their homes dry.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Algonquin police closed westbound Algonquin Road at Route 31 after heavy rains caused flooding there and in many other suburbs.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

The Gurnee Barber Shop Old Grand Avenue prepares for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Crane St. in Libertyville was closed due to flooding Thursday morning in Libertyville.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Gurnee Community Church employees Stacey Rowan, left, and Shawn Robards make a sign that says "We have peace flowing like a river" as they prepare for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Sandbags surround Gurnee Community Chuch as they prepare for the Des Plaines River to crest in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Volunteers from left, David Gonzalez, Mark Horvat and Eric Sindermann, all of Gurnee, help sand bag in front of Viking School in preparation for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

The playground behind Gurnee Grade School sits under water as the Des Plaines River over flows Thursday morning in Gurnee.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Volunteers Mark Horvat, left, and David Gonzalez, both of Gurnee, help sand bag in front of Viking School in preparation for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident Greg Stone, left, gets some help sandbagging his father-in-law's backyard along the Fox River from his wife Courtney, center, and Lake in the Hills resident Eric Johnson. Johnson was nearby taking pictures at Towne Park and offered to help the nearby residents trying to protect their homes.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Mike Brancecum of South Elgin, behind truck, and an unidentified man on the roof watch as water attempts to invade his home on East Spring Ave in South Elgin Thursday.

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 on South River Street along the Fox River.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Mike Brancecum of South Elgin stands knee deep in flood water just East of his home on East Spring Ave in South Elgin after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Carrie Wolotowsky of South Elgin wades across a flooded East Spring Ave to get to her vehicle after flooding on the Fox River Thursday in South Elgin.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

East Dundee firefighter Nick Beauchaine, left, and lieutenant Jason Parthun, help Barrie Komorski and her dog Roxi from her home along Fox River Drive after flooding on the Fox River caused voluntary evacuation Thursday in East Dundee. "I normally would have stayed but the shut off the gas so I had to leave because of my dog Roxi" Komorski said.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Herrington Inn owner Paul Ruby passes volunteer sandbaggers Chris Schmedes of Geneva and Brad Umholtz of South Elgin as they try to stop the Fox River from flooding the Geneva hotel on Thursday, April 18. Ruby put out the call for help early and people came by the dozens to help out. Many said that Ruby has helped the community so much and it was their turn to help him.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Volunteers help fill bags to block the floodwaters from entering the Herrington Inn in Geneva on Thursday, April 18.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Volunteers came out by the dozens to help stop the Fox River floodwaters from entering the Herrington Inn in Geneva on Thursday, April 18. Semi loads of sand were dumped on the State Street Bridge and volunteers would shovel it down over the edge of the bridge to the baggers.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Algonquin resident Kevin Prokop loads more sand bags into a trailer to be used in nearby backyards to protect against the rising waters of the Fox River.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Towne Park in Algonquin was closed by police after floodwaters from the Fox River and a nearby creek filled most of the park with water.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Ducks make their way down Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove Village.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Ted Tworek, left, helps his daughter, Alison, and wife Donna, get to higher ground with the assistance of Antonio Tenner in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

A woman who declined to be identified tows a wagonload of sand bags in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday, as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

Rebecca Cavanaugh rides in a canoe pushed by her aunt, Tina Dace, of Evanston and her sister, Robin, as they depart from the Cavanaugh's grandparents home in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Charlie Eck walks toward his house during construction of a sandbag wall around his home in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Matthew Jentel, left, and Dave Geist help build a sandbag wall around the home of Charlie Eck in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday, as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Dave Geist moves a wheel barrow of sandbags in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday, as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Murphy gets ready to launch a boat if needed for an emergency in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines Thursday, as the Des Plaines River continues to rise.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Karen Calabrese and Sherrie Blackburn of Warrenville bag sand at Warrenville Public Works Thursday.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Warrenville Residents and public works workers bag sandbags in Warrenville Thursday.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Mike Calabrese of Warrenville loads a sandbag into the family car at the public works Thursday.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

The Food Plaza in Warrenville is completely surrounded by water after Thursday morning heavy rains.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

A small truck is stuck in deep water along the banks of the DuPage River Thursday afternoon.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

The basement of Al's Pizza and Towne Tap in Warrenville was flooded.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Matt Byrne of Warrenville drags sand bags to the basement door of Al's Pizza and Town Tap in Warrenville Thursday.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Kurt and Debra Langworthy remove items from their flooded home on Finley Road in Lombard .

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Home owners along Elizabeth Street pumped water from their homes into the street Thursday in Lombard.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

A taxi sits flooded up to the windows along Finley Road near Charles Lane in Lombard Thursday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

The home of Kurt and Debra Langworthy along Finley Road in Lombard flooded onThursday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

A Road Closed sign is partially submerged along Finley Road at Charles Lane in Lombard Thursday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Kurt and Debra Langworthy enter their flooded home on Finley Road in Lombard.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Tyler Rachel, 14 and Jason Goris, 13 of Lombard check out a taxi stuck in the flood waters along Finley Road near Charles Lane in Lombard Thursday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department firefighters Deputy Chief Tom Krueger, left, and Brandon Rhoades and other firefighters help the Orihuela family as they rescue residents along Lincolnshire Drive Thursday after flooding overwhelmed the neighborhood in Lincolnshire. The Des Plaines River is expected to rise at least another two feet causing more problems for homes in the area.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Friends help a resident move furniture out of his home along Lincolnshire Drive Thursday after flooding overwhelmed the neighborhood in Lincolnshire. The Des Plaines River is expected to rise at least another two feet causing more problems for homes in the area.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 4/18/2013 9:41 PM

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With over 5 inches of rain as of Thursday morning and several more inches in the forecast, area rivers are spilling over their banks forcing several suburban schools to close.
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