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Illinois River weathers the storm in Morris, stays below flood stage

There was good news on Monday as the water from the Illinois River began to recede.

Water from the river lapped over the shoreline in William G. Stratton Park in Morris, causing the closure of the park's eastern side over the weekend, following a winter storm that blew across all of northern Illinois on Friday and Saturday, with additional freezing rain late Sunday night.

But while much of the parking lot and boat ramp were under water, the river managed to stay below its 16-foot flood stage at Morris.

The Grundy County Emergency Management Agency reported that the Illinois River in Morris crested below flood stage at 15.7 feet on Sunday evening and was expected to fall to 14.4 feet by Tuesday.

The rain that covered the area on Friday and Saturday totaled 1.61 inches, according to the Grundy County EMA.

The Mazon River along Route 113 near Coal City crested below flood stage by Sunday.

In Ottawa, rising river waters caused some areas of Allen Park to flood, forcing the closure of the park to car and foot traffic. The boat ramp at Starved Rock State Park was also closed over the weekend due to river flooding, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The National Weather Service reported that dry and seasonable temperatures were expected for much of the week, with more snow possible again this weekend.

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