Illinois River crests just below record flood level near Tahlequah

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O'Hare Airport received 1.95 inches of rain on Saturday and another 1.32 inches on Sunday.

The area is in line to get more through Monday.

Recent snow melt and rain on the way will lead to rising water for the Kennebec River Monday and Tuesday. Use caution when driving especially after dark.

"We are looking at potentially closing portions of the St. Louis harbor for up to a day or two", said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Sean Haley. If you do encounter water covered roadways, do not try to drive through it. Turn around, don't drown. Also remember that it usually takes about 24 hours after rain has stopped for all the runoff rain to make its way into those waterways so flooding can still happen after it has stopped raining. It will fall below flood stage Friday evening. "We have a high water action plan of our own that is being implemented in all areas affected".

"No flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued". Impacted areas could include Highway 47 north, Highway 94 at Dutzow and Augusta Bottom Road. U.S. Highway 60 is restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction.

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The storms were part of a bigger system that spawned severe storms and tornadoes, claiming at least 15 lives. That's also the approximate level the Great River Road, also known as Illinois Route 100, to Grafton is closed and Wood River levee structures are closed. Flash floods in Missouri were blamed in the deaths of a 77-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, whose husband desperately tried to save her before their vehicle was swept away.

Plenty of rain has been on the ground the past few days in the Fox Valley area, the highest rainfall totals being reported in LaSalle County.

In northwest Arkansas, a 10-year-old girl drowned in Springdale and the body of a woman who disappeared riding an inner tube Saturday was found in a creek in Eureka Springs.

"We're actually not scared this time", manager Peter Allen said.

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