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updated: 4/19/2013 9:34 PM

It could have been worse in the Tri-Cities

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  • Homes on the west bank of the Fox River are prepared Friday for rising waters in St. Charles. Waters had receded somewhat from Thursday, judging by debris left behind.

       Homes on the west bank of the Fox River are prepared Friday for rising waters in St. Charles. Waters had receded somewhat from Thursday, judging by debris left behind.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The shelter building on Clark Island Park is surrounded by Fox River floodwaters in Batavia Friday.

       The shelter building on Clark Island Park is surrounded by Fox River floodwaters in Batavia Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A refrigerator floats near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Willow Drive in St. Charles Township Friday.

       A refrigerator floats near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Willow Drive in St. Charles Township Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Water shoots and sprays from the boil Friday at the North Aurora dam.

       Water shoots and sprays from the boil Friday at the North Aurora dam.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Taking stock the day after big rains filled the streets, sewers, creeks and rivers of Kane County:

• "We're faring very well," Gary Holm, Batavia's public works director, said Friday.

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A neighborhood on the southwest side, by Millview Drive and Towne Avenue, registered the most calls to the city for flooded basements, he said. Stormwater sewers in that area were full, Holm said.

Coincidentally, Monday city workers had placed flow monitors in the storm sewers in that area, as part of a study to see what, if any, improvements or repairs are needed. The city wants to find any infiltration or unexpected inflows.

The city is arranging for a special pickup of flood debris. It is checking to see what day the garbage carrier is available, Holm said. Residents should check the city's website, cityofbatavia.net, and Facebook page for updates, or sign up for the city's email blasts.

• "It doesn't look like Elburn got hit too bad," said John Nevenhoven, the public works director. Detention and retention ponds are filled to their normal levels, he said.

No special garbage pickups are planned. Just cut soggy carpeting into 3-foot lengths and roll it up, he said. Bundles, cans or bags can't weigh more than 50 pounds. If you have a heavier or bulky item, call Waste Management to arrange a pickup.

• Sugar Grove village Clerk Cynthia Galbreath reported Friday afternoon that Hankes Road and Golfview Lane still had standing water, and that Golfview was inaccessible from Route 56.

• North Aurora announced flood-related debris will be picked up April 26, the town's regular garbage day, at no additional cost. Carpet and drywall should be cut up, and no bundle, can or bag should weigh more than 50 pounds. Doors should be removed from refrigerators and freezers. It may take more than one day for the hauler to pick up the debris.

• As of late Friday afternoon, Fisher Drive near Bricher Road, and Merchants Drive, were still flooded in Geneva.

Island Park and the islands in the Fabyan Forest Preserve were still under water, as was Clark Island Park in Batavia.

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