Heavy rain forecast through end of week; trouble for Fox River and Vern Wolf Lake?

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

The National Weather Service out of its office in Sullivan is forecasting the possibility of  heavy rain and major flooding Wednesday through the end of the work week.

Rain is expected to start falling tomorrow morning and then intensify after 10 a.m. Wednesday. The largest amounts are forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday with 1 to 2 inches possible each period.

That forecast  may be especially significant for two bodies of water in Western Kenosha County — the Fox River and Vern Wolfe Lake, which is in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

The Fox is in minor flood stage at 12.83 for the latest observation at noon today at the New Munster gauge. Currently the forecast for the river is to continue to recede  but perhaps it has not been updated with the latest info (as of about 4 p.m. anyway). But flooding has already taken place in susceptible spots along the river in Silver Lake, Salem and Wheatland.

We are awaiting info from the DNR on what response the forecast will bring for the department’s handling of the Vern Wolf Lake Dam potential failure. Concern regarding the dam washing away Highway 75 has closed the road from Highway JB to 18th Street in Brighton since Friday. DNR staff are keeping an around the clock watch on the dam, which is about 50 feet from Highway 75 at its closest point. The road remains closed indefinitely.

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