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Area still cleaning up after Monday’s heavy rains

Fox River remains swollen; officials keeping eye on weather developments

Bicyclists travel south Thursday on the Fox River Trail in Batavia, next to the swollen Fox River.
Bicyclists travel south Thursday on the Fox River Trail in Batavia, next to the swollen Fox River.

The area still is cleaning up after Monday’s heavy rains, which caused flooding through parts of Kane County.

Geneva received 4 inches of rain in a 24-hour period Monday, overwhelming the city’s storm systems, said Kevin Stahr, communication coordinator for the city of Geneva. So far this month, the city has received 6.14 inches of rain, he said.

The usual average is 2.5 inches of rain for the entire month, Stahr said. And any additional rain will create more flooding problems.

“The ground is so saturated at this point, the water doesn’t have any place to go,” Stahr said. “We could use a nice break from Mother Nature for a few days.”

Stahr said Geneva’s public works crews have been out responding to standing water incidents and trying to make sure storm sewer catch basins are free of debris. According to, today will be dry, but there are chances for rain Saturday night, as well as on Sunday.

Local officials also are keeping a close eye on the effect additional rain will have on an already swollen Fox River. The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Montgomery until this morning.

Minor flooding already is occurring along the Fox River in Montgomery. At 3 p.m. Thursday, the level of the Fox River in Montgomery was 13.1 feet. Flood stage is 13.0 feet.

According to the city of St. Charles’ website, Ferson Creek in St. Charles received 3.7 inches of rain Monday. In a statement on the city’s website, St. Charles City Administrator Mark Koenen said public works crews had cleared catch basins and storm sewers of debris in preparation for potential flash flooding.

North Aurora Village Administrator Steve Bosco said the village hasn’t received many calls from residents who experienced flooding.

“All in all, we did very well,” Bosco said. “It really wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

Some residents in the Pine Creek subdivision on the village’s east side did experience flooding, Bosco said. That area has experienced flooding in the past, he said, noting the village is working on finding solutions to the problem.

The city of Batavia has announced it will offer some assistance to residents and property owners who suffered some damage and inconvenience.

Batavia received 3.7 inches of rain, according to city officials, which overtaxed storm systems and detention ponds and local waterways.

The city will provide, at no charge, up to 10 garbage stickers to residents under certain conditions. Those conditions include that if, before June 18, a resident or property owner contacted the city, including city offices, employees or their alderman, or can show they posted a complaint about this event on social media.

In addition, if beginning or following June 18, a resident or property owner can provide evidence of having been damaged by the storms – such as receipts for pump rental, dumpster service, photos of damage to interiors of homes (including basements), or personal property – the resident or property owner will be given 10 garbage stickers at no charge.

Information is available by calling the Batavia Public Works offices at 630-454-2300.

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