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Illinois expands disaster proclamation; more floods possible

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Dan Robinson and April Cissell walk through the flooded Knollwood Road in Ingleside, Ill. on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Knollwood Park subdivision residents have been parking along Route 59 and taking a boat or wading through the water to get to their homes. (Paul Valade/Daily Herald via AP)

ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) — Flood conditions are expected to remain in areas of northern Illinois through Thursday as residents brace themselves for more rain.

The Fox River is expected to crest Tuesday but will remain at major flood stage through Thursday. However, the long-term forecast shows 2 inches of rain through next week.

David Christensen, director of the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency, tells the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake (http://bit.ly/2vv7Juf ) that more rain “is just going to prolong our recovery and that’s going to make it tougher.”

Floodwaters began to recede over the weekend along the Des Plaines River.

Since last week Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued disaster declarations for four counties due to flooding, including Cook County, which includes Chicago. The disaster proclamation makes a variety of state resources available, including sandbags.

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com

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