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Article updated: 4/20/2013 5:56 PM

Fox River, Chain expected to crest Monday


Storm-battered residents are casting a weary eye over the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes in Lake County, which will continue to rise until they crest Monday, while the Des Plaines River reached its peak in that county early Friday.

The Fox River near New Munster, Wis., had begun cresting by late afternoon Saturday and is forecast to reach a peak of 14.9 feet Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Nippersink Creek near Spring Grove also may be close to cresting.

The Fox River in Lake County is expected to crest at 8 feet Monday.

"In Illinois, we're expecting the Chain O' Lakes to continue to rise until Monday," said Rita Lee, a water resources engineer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "The tributaries have crested and are starting to fall."

By 4 p.m. Saturday, Fox Lake, one of the bigger lakes in the chain, had reached 7.58 feet above the flood stage of 7 feet, Lee said.

The Stratton Dam tailwater gauge was at 7.09 feet, and Algonquin Dam tailwater gauge was at 12.4 feet by 4 p.m. Saturday and was expected to continue rising through Monday, she said.

All gates at Stratton and Algonquin dams are fully opened. The Fox River and Chain O' Lakes in Lake and McHenry counties are closed for boating, according to the Fox Waterway Agency website.

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