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Northerly storms shouldn’t exacerbate flooding in area

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Rain fell again Tuesday on the Sauk Valley, but showers were not expected to dump enough water into local streams and rivers to resurrect the flooding of last week.

A storm this week is bringing snow to the Upper Midwest and rain to a band that runs from northeastern Wisconsin to southeastern Iowa, raising concerns for many areas already affected by flooding in the wake of storms that pummeled the area late last week.

But meteorologists expect the latest storm system to be less intense and move faster across the region. They say it would take more than the expected 1 inch of rain to bring another round of flooding to most rivers, such as the Rock and Mississippi.

The rainfall is likely to slow the recession of river levels and could cause minor elevation in some spots for a short time after the storm.

Gov. Pat Quinn declared more than 40 counties throughout the state as disaster areas, including Whiteside, Carroll, Ogle and Bureau counties.

Lee County Emergency Management Director Kevin Lalley expects the waterways in his county to continue to recede, despite predictions for precipitation to the north.

Whiteside County Emergency Management Director Doug Buhler did not return a call Tuesday.

A flood warning for the Rock River at Dixon was in effect until late Tuesday. The river was at 16.2 feet Tuesday afternoon and expected to recede to below flood stage, which is 16 feet, by late Tuesday night or early this morning.

A flood warning for the Rock River at Como, near Sterling, is in effect until Friday evening. The river was at 11.5 feet Tuesday afternoon and expected to recede below flood stage, which is 10 feet, by late Friday or early Saturday.

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