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Weekend in Review: Floods along area rivers, lakes

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  • The mode of transportation around Des Plaines neighborhoods is by canoe, as Vic Kamka, center, talks to neighbors after flooding along the Des Plaines River Sunday.

      The mode of transportation around Des Plaines neighborhoods is by canoe, as Vic Kamka, center, talks to neighbors after flooding along the Des Plaines River Sunday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer


To sell or not to sell a flood-prone home

Suburban homeowners left out in the cold by Thursday's flooding in the North and Northwest suburbs may be looking at bailing out more than just floodwater after this latest storm. Selling a flood-damaged house right after a major storm may be virtually impossible for homeowners seeking a way out. Full story.

Why do they stay? 'It's beautiful 99% of the time'

It's easy to feel sorry for flood victims. But some of the people forced out of their homes by last week's flood are hardly having pity parties. In fact, they'll give you plenty of good reasons why they wouldn't live anywhere else. Here are their stories, from Des Plaines, East Dundee, Elgin, Fox Lake and Glen Ellyn. Full story.

Des Plaines River receding; officials describe evacuation

Des Plaines city officials and residents are gearing up for a massive cleanup effort with the Des Plaines River starting to recede from its record high. The river had fallen to 10.67 feet by 8:45 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Full story.

Quinn tours flood damage, urges towns to work together

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn toured flood-ravaged areas by helicopter Saturday, declaring four more counties disaster areas and making a final stop in North Aurora, where he urged residents to be safe and said cities will work together so the state can ask for federal aid within a month. Full story.

Fox River threatens Algonquin

The Fox River near Algonquin was at 12.36 feet on Saturday morning, which continued to cause flooding in Algonquin, according to Michael Kumbera, assistant to the Algonquin village manager. The river crest was projected to rise on Sunday to about 12.8 feet, down slightly from earlier projections. Full story.

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. Full story.

Flood: River levels, rainfall totals, road closures after last week

See such stats as the crest of the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines, which hit a record -- just barely. Full story.

Images: Flooding in the Suburbs on Sunday.

Images: Flooding in suburbs on Saturday.

April weather crazy, but Harry knows it could be worse

Imagine a time when broadcasting tornado warnings was forbidden. Legendary TV meteorologist Harry Volkman of Itasca, who turned 87 this week, recalls the time he violated FCC rules by becoming the first weathercaster to issue a tornado warning on TV. Full story.

Lake rescuers, firefighters honored for saving 5 from burning home

Three rescuers, along with members of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics who helped a family of five to safety from their burning home in March, were honored Saturday after an emotion-packed presentation that included those frantic calls to 911. Full story.

Elgin area students explore careers in science and mathematics

The 4th Annual U-46 STEM Exposition for more than 1,000 students in the Gail Borden Library districts will be held from 9a-noon at South Elgin High, 760 E. Main St. The Expo challenges students to design, create, conduct and present a project that explores any field related to science, technology, engineering and math. More than 600 projects should be on display. For info, call Patrick Mogge (847-289-3179). Full story.

FBI: Aurora man planned to join Syrian extremists

An Aurora teenager has been arrested on terrorism-related charges and accused of seeking to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group in war-torn Syria, the FBI announced Saturday. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, was arrested Friday night as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Turkey, which borders Syria, the FBI said. Full story.

Crystal Lake man dies from crash injuries

A 23-year-old Crystal Lake man died early Sunday, a week after he was involved in an off-roading motocross bike accident, officials said. Kyle Pratt was pronounced dead at 12:32 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Pratt had been involved in a motorcycle crash on April 13 on the ComEd property to the west of Terra Cotta Road and south of Nunda Trail, in unincorporated Crystal Lake, when he lost control of his bike and was ejected from it, according to the McHenry County sheriff's office. Full story.

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