Fox River spikes over flood stage; Flood and flash flood warnings in place

The Fox River made a dramatic spike Thursday, topping flood stage and prompting a flood warning from the National Weather Service.

At 1 a.m., Thursday, the river — as measured at the New Munster Gauge — was at 9.47 feet. By 8:45 p.m., the river had reached 11.03 feet. Flood stage is 11 feet.

More rain is in the latest, local National Weather Service forecast over the next few days. The current river forecast calls for a crest of 11.7 feet to be reached early Saturday morning.

A flash flood warning also has been issued by NWS for the area, to be in effect from 7 p.m., Friday to 7 a.m., Saturday.

The NWS defines a flash flood as:

a flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through river beds, urban streets, or mountain canyons sweeping everything before them. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur even if no rain has fallen, for instance after a levee or dam has failed, or after a sudden release of water by a debris or ice jam.

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