Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The National Weather Service-Chicago still has a flood warning in place for parts of the Fox River, but the river level is receding.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for parts of the Fox River, but the National Weather Service-Chicago says it probably will be lifted by Sunday. Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles and communities along the Fox are still recovering from the April 18 rains that flooded basements, back yards, roads and property along the river. The Flood Warning continues for the Fox River at Montgomery affecting Kane and Kendall counties. The Fox River at the Algonquin Tailwater is also still at flood levels as of Tuesday, April 30. "The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by early Sunday morning," according to the Flood Warning. At the Algonquin Tailwater, the flood stage was 11.4 feet as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Flood stage is 9.5 feet. There will be …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The eagles still are landing along the Fox River—and in this case, one is under attack.
After the emergency disaster drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South, AJ demanded a walk. So I took him on one of the usual routes to the Fox River, just to see how high the river might be. The answer to that one: Still pretty high. We couldn't get through to Division Street along the bike path—the river still was over the bank and the Fox River Trail. But on the way home, we saw a pair of eagles gliding overhead. They were much closer than you might think by looking at this video. I did my best to capture the majesty of the birds within the limits of my equipment and my talent. What you'll see here is something a bit unusual: a hawk, I think, dive bombing the eagle, which was clearly in hunt mode. Unfortunately, you'll have to look …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Keep 'em coming! If you've taken photos or video, upload them to this article.
Patch readers share images from April 18 and April 19, 2013. (Also included: Links to other easy ways to share on Patch.)
This weather event needs a name: the Great Flood of 2013. Or possibly, the Unlucky 13 Flood. Lucky for us, Patch readers are a sharing lot. You've provided bunches of superb and eye-popping images, and we can't thank you enough. Presented here are more videos and photos—an excellent video from St. Charles Patch Editor Ted Schnell and photos that were email to Geneva and Batavia Patch Editor Rick Nagel (me). The emailed photos and the images plucked from Facebook are time-consuming to upload and download, so we ask that you continue to contribute, simply by adding to this article: Patch Readers Share Flash Flood Photos Contributing to Patch is super easy. You can post photos and videos to articles, post blogs (which really should be called…
Tri-Cities residents, Patch wants to hear from you on the issues that affect you and your neighbors.
Welcome to Tri-Cities Talk—a regular feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on current issues facing Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked the Tri-Cities community in recent days on local Patch Facebook pages. Even as the waters start to recede this weekend, some of the work is just beginning on flood recovery in the Tri-Cities. Hopefully we emerged a bit wiser, whether it was a lesson in community support from the Herrington rescue, need for higher retention walls and flood plain examination, or something else entirely. That brings us to this week's question: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The National Weather Service river flood warnings will continue, but the river is expected to crest over the weekend, which promises to be sunny on Saturday and some clouds Sunday.
Officials say monitoring the cresting Fox River will be crucial in the coming days in terms of the response to Batavia flooding. The National Weather Service, as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Fox River was more than 3.21 feet above flood stage. Kane County Office of Emergency Management estimates the Fox River should crest by Saturday, April 20. The river’s crest — it’s highest point, or the peak of the flood level — could be affected by more rain, which would mean a greater crest that probably would arrive later than is forecast now. While a second wave of storms originally was predicted to follow the waves of thunderstorms that raked northern Illinois on Wednesday night through early Thursday, the forecast was revised Thursday, and now only…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Below-zero wind chills are expected Monday night as a cold front rushes our way.
The National Weather Service-Chicago has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook that warns of below-zero wind chills and aweful visibility. And you can add that warning to the already existing Flood Watch that's lingering for the Fox River. The Hazardous Weather Outook starts Monday afternoon, as a strong cold front rushes east across the area. "Sporadic wind gusts to near 40 mph are likely. In addition, isolated snow showers are possible, which together with the wind may result in brief periods of greatly reduced visibility," the NWS-C says. "The quickly-falling temperatures may lead ot freezing of wet surfaces across the area." The NWS-C cancelled a flood advisory for the DesPlaines River, but it continues for the Fox, where it's especially …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Upload your photos of the eagles below!
Bald eagles descended upon the Fox River this week. AJ and I spotted one at Pottawatomie Park Golf Course when we were walking in the North Woods in St. Charles. Emails and Facebook posts say there are some at the Kane County Government Center. Pictured here are some spotted in Oswego, as well as a pair spotted north of Boy Scout Island in St. Charles. If you take a shot of the eagles, feel free to upload it here.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Starting Thursday with one of the more important things, the carnival rides, this weekend's festivities kick-off and don't stop until Sunday!
There are so many things planned for this weekend's RiverFest all over town, there's nothing else to do than list them all so you can "fill the dance card" and get it all in. First of all, download the Festival Guide from the Pride of the Fox website and also a festival map so you can find everything. The Riverview Carnival, on Rt. 31 north of Main Street, opens on Thursday, June 7 from 1 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can take advantage of special discounts with the wristband specials on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where $20 per person gets you unlimited rides during those times. Lincoln Park will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Leave a review and a comment to vote for your pick.
2nd Editor's note: Due to an internal error, comments that were left on this story for All Spoked Up and The Bike Rack will count the same as a posted review. The option to leave a review was not included for these two businesses during the beginning of the contest. We apologize for the error. Editor's note: This contest was updated to include All Spoked Up in Batavia. Don't forget to vote before noon this Friday, April 27! With summer upon us people are beginning to think about bicycling along the Fox River. If you don't own a bicycle, or have friends coming to the area who don't own a bicycle, then how do you accomplish that ride? There are several businesses in the area that rent bicycles. Patch wants to know what's your favorite …