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Little rains falls in Grundy County

MORRIS – Just more than 1 inch of rainfall fell in Morris on Thursday and Friday, according to the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency, but local waterways seem to be staying well below flood levels.

The National Weather Service’s updated river forecast shows the Illinois, Kankakee and Mazon rivers remaining under minor flood stage levels for the remainder of the week. Saturday morning is predicted to be the worst the flooding will get, according to the forecast.

The Illinois River near Morris should only reach about 13 feet, which is down from Thursday’s forecast of 16.5 feet. Aside from flood concerns, Thursday’s late-night storm also brought destructive winds of 63 miles an hour in Grundy County, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind caused minimal damage in Morris, Director of Public Works Jim Gretencord said.

“We had a couple of tree limbs come down, but that was really about it,” Gretencord said Friday.

There were no reports of wind-damaged street signs, he said.

Morris Deputy Chief John Severson said Thursday night a call came in for a downed wire, but there were no other reports related to the weather.

Grundy County sheriff’s deputies assisted numerous drivers with vehicles in ditches Friday morning because of icy roads, but there were no weather-related injuries, Sheriff Kevin Callahan said. The heavy winds Thursday evening were actually helpful, he said, in lifting the fog quickly in the area.

Gretencord said most Morris streets have been cleared of standing water since crews have been working the last three days to clear catch basins throughout town.

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