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Illinois River 2013

Rainfall reversal

Posted by Russel Higgins -

On January 3rd I photographed the Illinois River as it flowed beneath the Rt. 47 Bridge south of Morris. The resulting image of the record low level of the river was used to illustrate our continued concern the 2012 drought could have upon the 2013 growing season. On Saturday, April 20th I returned to take another picture (as close as flooded conditions would permit). The side by side images reflect a change of over 15 feet in river depth. This result of heavy rains across northern Illinois was a record crest of the Illinois River in a number of locations, including Morris, surpassing the previous levels set in 2008. Rainfall totals for the NIARC this past week registered 4.7 inches. Despite the torrential rainfall across northern Illinois and the continued ponding, I have been surprised how quickly the soils have accommodated this recent event.

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