Crystal Lake officials warn of flooding risk as temps rise

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As temperatures begin to rise across Chicago, officials in Crystal Lake are warning residents to be prepared for possible flooding conditions.

Accumulated snow will melt if temperatures reach the 40s as forecasted next week, but because the ground is still frozen, the risk of flooding is increased.

Officials recommend that residents make sure their sump pump is working; make sure the gutter’s downspout faces away from the house and is free of snow, ice and other debris; clear street drains and storm sewer grates of snow and ice; repair leaking or cracked basement walls and floors; and elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if the basement is susceptible to flooding.

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