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Fox River reaches record levels

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MCHENRY, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Officials say the Fox River in northern Illinois has reached record levels.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that the water level reached record levels at the McHenry dam overnight. By 10:30 a.m. Sunday it was 7.32 feet and the previous record was 7.2 feet. Flood stage is 7 feet.

Gov. Pat Quinn has declared at least 41 counties disaster areas, including McHenry County. Those designations permit expanded access to emergency resources. Quinn has been touring flood-hit communities around Illinois for days.

Recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Some areas are getting worse because water levels continue to rise, especially in communities along the Illinois River and its many tributaries.

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