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Residents should be cautious of standing water

MORRIS — As snow continues to melt, Morris residents are cautioned to watch for standing water in the streets.

"In areas where the storm sewers are covered, there is some standing water," said Morris Police Deputy Chief John Severson. "Drivers should be aware that it's out there and use caution."

Morris Public Works has crews clearing snow from drains to help alleviate the problem, but residents are still encouraged to help clear drains if they are able, Severson said.

Later this evening, residents should be cautious of extremely high winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

"Any high profile vehicle left outside is going to be put at risk," said Bill Nelson of the National Weather Service.

Nelson said the winds should pick up at about 7 p.m. this evening and continue into Friday morning when they will calm to 25 miles per hour.

In a bit of good news, the National Weather Service released the official river forecast earlier this morning and Grundy County rivers are expected to stay below moderate flood stage.

The Illinois River near Morris is expected to rise to 16.5 feet by Saturday morning. This would cause minor flooding and could potentially flood Pine Bluff Road west of Route 47 as well as Stratton Park. 

The Mazon River near Coal City is expected to creep close to its 12 foot flood level, but should only climb to 11.4 feet by Saturday morning. 

The Kankakee River — which is currently causing flooding near Momence — should not be a problem for Wilmington residents as it will only reach 5.1 feet, a foot short of flood stage.

Jim Lutz, Director of the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency, said they are keeping a close eye on the situation.

"At this point, the expectations are that it shouldn't be horrible," Lutz said.

He added that snowmelt and rainwater could cause minor flooding in homes as the ground is still frozen.

"This water has no place to go," Lutz said. "So it will try to find its way into your basement."
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