ALGONQUIN, Ill. —The National Weather Service says the Fox River has begun receding, even after this weekend’s rain storms.
This morning water lines along flooded streets in Algonquin moved back and the pavement began drying.
During the weekend, the river hit record high levels over 13 feet. That’s nearly four feet above flood stage.
Resident Mark Korczyk still has two feet of water in his back yard, held back by a wall of sandbags.
He says “the big thing right now is to not let our guard down. Later in the week, then start to think about removing sandbags.”
The forecast calls for a break in the rain, giving a few more days for the river to get back inside its banks.
Then the real cleanup effort will start.
Cleaning supplies like rubber gloves, masks and bleach are being offered at Algonquin’s village hall.
Public Works Officials say they are developing a game plan for cleanup, with the bulk of their work expected to begin early next week when thousands of sandbags will need to be collected.