UPDATE: Jan. 11 at 8:36 a.m.

The National Weather Service now predicts that the Des Plaines River will crest at 8.7 feet at around 8 p.m. on Saturday night. At that level, which is a little less than two feet above flood stage, Riverside would experience moderate flooding, principally in low-lying areas near the river.

As of 7:45 a.m., the Des Plaines River had risen to 8.04 feet at Riverside. No streets or properties near the river appear to be in jeopardy of flooding due to the river at this time.

Runoff from melting snow has turned Swan Pond Park in Riverside into a lake, and the runoff is spilling into the Des  Plaines River. Meanwhile, sheets of broken ice clog the river between the Barrypoint bridge and a point just south of the bend in the river near the library.

In Brookfield, Salt Creek appears to be well below flood stage at this time and all roads are clear.


Rising temperatures and rain mixed with runoff from melting snow have swelled the Des Plaines River at Riverside to well past flood stage early Saturday morning, with the river continuing to rise. 

The National Weather Service has not predicted a crest for the Des Plaines, but as of 6:45 a.m. on Jan. 11, the river gauge at Riverside showed that the water had risen to 7.91 feet, nearly a full foot above flood stage. Just 12 hours ago, the river level was about 3.5 feet.

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