Fox River forecast to hit major flood stage

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

The Fox River is expected to hit the edge of the major flood stage, according to the most recent forecast by the National Weather Service.

At 5 a.m. today, the river was at 12.78 feet at the New Munster gauge. Yesterday, that was expected to be the peak, but the forecast now calls for the river to continue to rise to 14 feet by Saturday. Flood stage begins at 10 feet; 14 feet is the start of the NWS’ major flooding stage. At 14 feet there should be widespread flooding in Salem and Silver Lake along the river. A flood warning is in effect.

A crest of 14 feet would be the third highest on record for that gauge. The highest is 15.18 on June 15, 2008.

The forecast, which extends out to April 18, has the river beginning to recede on Saturday but still at 12 feet next Thursday.

There’s a 60 percent chance of more rain today, mostly before 1 p.m., the NWS says. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain/snow showers tonight and Friday and a 30 percent chance of rain/sow Friday night. Saturday should be rain free during the day, but there’s increased chances of rain begin creeping back into the forecast Sunday night and persist through Wednesday.

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