Rivers nearing crest as roads closed for flooding reopen

2013-04-19T19:30:00Z 2013-04-19T21:18:04Z Rivers nearing crest as roads closed for flooding reopenLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

Many roads closed due to flooding on Thursday were reopened on Friday as flood waters began to recede.

Area rivers swollen by the week's heavy rains crested Friday and should fall below flood stage Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Munster police said Calumet Avenue was open Friday morning after closures due to flooding on Thursday. Northcote and Columbia avenues at the Little Calumet River also were expected to reopen Friday.

River Drive from Hohman Avenue to Lansing and Timberwood on Munster's south side was closed as well.

Stan Dostatni, Hammond's city engineer, said Columbia and Northcote avenues remained closed in their city over the Little Calumet River.

Dostatni anticipated those will reopen sometime Saturday.

Calumet Avenue at 129th Street reopened, Dostatni said, but some standing water remains in the outer lanes.

According to the National Weather Service, the Little Calumet River was at 15.2 feet at 7 a.m. Friday. By noon, it was down nearly a foot to 14.2 feet.

Flood stage is 12 feet. The river is expected slowly fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.

Dan Repay, executive director of the Little Calumet River Basin Commission, said Friday that the situation at the river was "all good news."

"The equipment is working and the people are working as they should," Repay said.

Repay said no homes were impacted by flooding at the river.

"The closest it came to really affecting anyone other than at the bridges, which we closed, was around the state line," Repay said.

Marcus Malczewski, Lake County Highway Department superintendent, said there were no closures on any county roads Friday morning.

Chicago was among the cities hardest hit by the flooding and remnants of the problems remained there Friday.

The Bishop Ford Freeway remained closed Friday afternoon from 130th to 147th Streets due to standing water on the road, Illinois State Police said.

The closures caused long delays in both directions, according to police.

Other jurisdictions reported no major road closures caused by standing water.

The Kankakee River at Shelby was at 11 feet at 5:45 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service, and up just slightly to 11.2 feet at 11:45 a.m. Flood stage is 9 feet.

The Kankakee River is expected to rise to near 12 feet by early Saturday then begin a slow fall below flood stage.

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