Flood Watch remains in effect until Wednesday

Flood alert issued for Oswego Jefferson and Lewis counties

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A flood watch has been issued for most of northern IL and northwest IN from 6 p.m. Monday through late Tuesday night.

The weather service indicated widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches has fallen on mostly frozen, saturated soils over eastern Iowa and western IL during the past 24 hours. Low lying and poor drainage areas prone to flooding will be most susceptible.

"The combination of warm temperatures, some rainfall, and snow melt could lead to ice jam movement and minor flooding Tuesday afternoon into Thursday", the Albany weather service office said. A Flash Flood Watch remains posted through Monday afternoon and you should be prepared to take quick action if a flash flood warning is issued.

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The NWS says additional rainfall totals will range from just under an inch over the state's far northwest counties, to 1.5 to 2.5 inches over Central through east central IL. Bolivar resident Tracey Howell says her road easily gets flooding from the Hatchie River.

Flash flooding will be more likely because recent rains have already saturated the ground. Flood stage is 11 feet. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected Monday through Tuesday. The front is expected to move through our area Wednesday morning. Its flood stage is 10 feet. The Rock is forecasted to rise above flood stage Wednesday and continue to rise to 14.4 feet Friday morning.

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