Clear Skies as Waters Rise

Flooding is in the forecast for the rest of the week

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 AM CDT
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The rain has stopped, but local waterways are still on the rise.

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There's no way around it. It's wet.

Days of rain have left the area saturated and with nowhere to go,  water levels continue to rise in area rivers, threatening flood damage in many areas.

There are flood advisories for virtually all the waterways in Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin, with the worst problems showing up with the Illinois River in North Central Illinois and around the East Branch of the DuPage River in the Naperville/Bolingbrook area, the Chicago Tribune reports Wednesday morning.

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Chicago area residents will get a blast of cold today, but skies will be clear for the first time since last week. A high of 33 degrees is expected.

Still, flooding is the biggest concern.

Locally, officials with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District said that 143 million gallons of storm water were released into Lake Michigan over the weekend.

"Releasing more water into Lake Michigan will pollute our lakes, so we don't want to do that, we want to minimize our discharge into Lake Michigan.  And we open the gates in Wilmette when the water levels in the canal system rise to a dangerous level," spokesman Dick Lanyon said during a Monday afternoon press conference.

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