Flood warning issued; record crest forecast for Fox River

A flood warning from the National Weather Service is in effect for the Fox River in Western Kenosha County.

With heavy rain falling overnight, the river rose at a rapid pace. As measured at the New Munster gauge, the river was at 9.65 feet at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday but had risen to 14.07 feet by 1 p.m. Flood stage is 11 feet.

The current forecast calls for the river to crest at 15.08 feet around 7 p.m., Thursday.

The highest crest measured by NWS at the gauge was 15.18 feet on June 15, 2008. The latest observation at 14.07 feet at 1 p.m. would rank as the fourth highest crest on the NWS list for the gauge.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. — Crest forecast now for 17 feet around 7 a.m., Thursday. If reached, that would be a record by almost 2 feet.

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