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updated: 4/18/2013 11:05 AM

Several streets closed in St. Charles

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

       Water shoots out of a hose dropped into a sewer to eject excess rainfall into the Fox River along the pedestrian path on Route 25 in St. Charles Thursday morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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

       Cars still pass through a rapidly flooding Peck Road at Dean Street in St. Charles Thursday morning. The north side of the street was flooded allowing only for passage on the south side.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The Illinois Avenue Bridge in downtown St. Charles is closed early Thursday.

       The Illinois Avenue Bridge in downtown St. Charles is closed early Thursday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
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Several roads have been closed in St. Charles, the city announced Thursday morning.

• Tyler Road is closed at the railroad crossing.

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• Sections of Illinois Avenue between 7th and 13th avenues are closed, as well as some adjacent streets.

• The Illinois Avenue bridge is closed.

• The park district has closed Boy Scout Island.

As of 8 a.m. today more than 3.25 inches of rain was reported at Ferson Creek, according to the city of St. Charles. The Fox River level is at 19 feet, 1 inch, 10 inches above flood stage. The Department of Natural Resources has restricted boating on the Fox River.

The city's emergency and public works crews began preparing Wednesday for potential flooding and worked through the night to manage the flooding and maintain public safety.

"Crews worked throughout the night to close off flooded streets and answer emergency calls," City Administrator Brian Townsend said Thursday morning. "So far there have been no power outages, just a few momentary power disruptions. In neighborhoods where excessive flooding has occurred, city personnel are assisting homeowners."

There are areas of localized flooding, particularly near the 7th Avenue creek, and sandbags have been delivered to the area.

"It is important to remember that the stormwater system is designed to handle moderate to heavy rain events. This event is extreme and is taxing systems across the region," Townsend said.

Sandbags are available at the city's public works facility, 200 Devereaux Way.

The police and fire departments have extra staff on hand, and all available public works personnel are responding to calls and assisting with flooded areas.

To report flooding in a particular area, call (630) 377-4435.

Information updates will be posted, as necessary, at stcharlesil.gov, the city's Facebook page, Twitter and at dailyherald.com.

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