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|Flooding Remains a Concern
|Heavy rain and wind will continue Thursday, and there will only be a somewhat brief respite from precipitation in the forecast before it returns next week.
The National Weather Service says rain totals since yesterday vary only a little. One weather spotter reports just over four inches of rain having fallen in the Altona area. And while a weather spotter had only two inches of rain as of midnight this morning in part of Galesburg, local weather watcher Larry Anglund claims his rain gage has received a little more than five inches of rain.
Regardless of the totals, Knox County Emergency Management Chief Tom Simkins says flooding is a concern. The Spoon River at London Mills is over a foot above flood stage, and a flood warning there remains in effect until late Sunday night.
Simkins urges extreme caution when driving on any county or township roads, especially at night, and especially roads that cross creeks.
He says in Galesburg, officials are hopeful Cedar Fork will continue to do its job and not cause flooding. But, Simkins says flooded basements are expected to be a problem. County Highway Engineer Duane Ratermann told Simkins that culverts are likely getting plugged by corn stalks, causing road flooding.
Some forecasters expect storms to be strong today, and wind gusts will likely be over 30 miles per hour today, increasing to near 40 miles per hour tomorrow, when temperatures again will be cold.
Rain is out of the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, but could return on Monday.
|04 18 13 by Newsroom
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