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Posted on: February 18, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Flood Watch Issued for Kane County; City Offers Tips On How To Prevent Potential Flooding

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Kane County from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

The combination of melting snow, the frozen ground and rain that could start this evening will result in an elevated risk of flooding, especially for poor drainage areas or flood prone zones.

Snow blocked storm drains also will lead to ponding and possibly standing water in some areas. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

The Public Works Department has sent out crews today - and will do the same Thursday - to clear storm drains of snow and ice. However, crews will not be able to clear every drain before the forecasted rain reaches our area. Crew also have been hauling large snow piles away from the downtown and cul-de-sacs.

Geneva does not experience flooding on a regular basis, but residents can play a big role in flood prevention by following these tips:

* Clear the storm sewer drains on your street or near your property if you're physically able to do so.
* Make sure downspouts are free of any ice.
* Make sure your sump pump is ice free and is able to discharge without any restrictions/obstructions.
* Check the battery on your back up sump pump to make sure it is properly charged.

For more information, call the City's Public Works Department at 630-232-1501. You can also report any drainage issues to us online at the link below.

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