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Weekend winter storm more bark than bite through Grundy County

Little snowfall, but icy conditions left mark on area

Winter weather that blustered its way through northern Illinois over the weekend did some damage in some parts of the state. But Grundy County made it through the storm relatively unscathed, with only trace amounts of snow reported.

But while the snowfall wasn't heavy, the rain left its mark on the Illinois River.

River flooding forced the closure of parts of William G. Stratton Park in Morris, with much of the parking lot on the park's eastern side was under water.

The Grundy County Emergency Management Agency reported on Sunday that minor flooding was expected along the Illinois River, and that a flood warning was still in place from the Kankakee River outlet at Channahon downstream to Heritage Harbor in Ottawa.

By Sunday morning, the river was at 15.5 feet in Morris. Flood stage is 16 feet. The river is expected to to reach 16.5 feet by Monday, with impacts on the south side of the river at Pine Bluff Road west of Route 47 and Dwight Road.

The rain that covered the area on Friday and Saturday totaled 1.61 inches, according to the Grundy County EMA.

The Mazon River along Route 113 near Coal City crested below flood stage by Sunday.

LaSalle County saw mostly sleet and mixed precipitation, which made area roadways slick with reports of cars in ditches throughout Saturday, including a trailer/camper that slid and ended up across both lanes of Interstate 80 at mile marker 95 near Ottawa.

Flooding predictions also were milder for Sunday and Monday in Ottawa, with the Illinois River expected to reach its highest level at about 1.5 feet above flood stage by Sunday evening, causing some areas of Allen Park to flood and forcing closure of the park.

The boat ramp at Starved Rock State Park was also closed over the weekend due to river flooding, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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