NEW MUNSTER — The Fox River crested at a height below predicted flood stage levels and a half-day earlier than expected, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.
The river, which was expected to be at its highest level of 14 feet at 1 p.m. Saturday, instead was under the mark at 13.38 feet, according to weather service meteorologist Sarah Marquardt. The river crested 13 hours earlier at 8 p.m. Friday, she said.
According to weather service data, the river’s flood stage mark is 11 feet, with the potential for active flooding at 10 feet.
“It crested early, but that’s still within a foot of what was predicted and not that big of a difference,” she said.
At 3 p.m., Monday the river was at 12.35 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website that monitors water levels in New Munster. For hourly updated water data levels go to https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?05545750.
Last week, the river quickly rose more than 5 feet due to melting snow and some precipitation. Because of this, moderate flood levels, including over roads, were reported in surrounding areas including Salem Lakes, Wheatland and Burlington.
Since Friday, the river has receded about a foot and will continue to do so throughout the week with little precipitation in the forecast, Marquardt said.
This week, residents can expect a slight warm up with daytime high temperatures in the upper 40s through Friday and the mid-50s Saturday and Sunday with a chance for rain Sunday night.