Algonquin residents continue cleanup after night of storms, festival canceled

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. -- Overnight rains brought more water to an already flooding Fox River.“I'm saving my family home,” Erin Rednour, Algonquin homeowner, said. While residents continue their battle with floodwater, a popular Algonquin festival was canceled.

Officials say as of 9:30 a.m. , the Fox River is at a 13 feet, causing major flooding in the floodplain.

In Algonquin, residents are working round the clock to keep flood waters at bay.

The assistant fire chief said it will likely stay that high as the area gets run off from water in Wisconsin.

It was another day of uncertainty for Rednour after another night of storms.

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“I woke up a lot and every time I woke up I heard boom, the thunder and I thought oh wow. It just kept coming and coming,” she said.

Drone video shows how swollen the Fox River in Algonquin is. It’s facing record flood levels and more rain doesn't help. Fire officials said they haven't ordered any mandatory evacuations but some residents have relocated.

“Anyone in danger of flooding and possibly being trapped in their homes we recommend relocation,” Asst. Chief Mike Kern, Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, said.

The Algonquin Founders' Days Festival, which was scheduled to start on Thursday, was first relocated due to flooding. But with resources stretched thin, it was canceled on Saturday. That was the first time that's happened in more than 50 years.

“We're at historic levels on the river so as sad as it is, we will move on and we will have a fest,” Dan Barton, president of Algonquin Founders’ Day Inc., said.

Weary residents along the river are relying on the security of sandbags, the power of pumps and a caring community.

Hundreds of volunteers have turned out to help a complete stranger. Someone showed up on Rednour's doorstep to loan her a pump.

“It’s amazing. They're coming from different towns driving here because they just want to help,” Rednour said.

The organizers of Founders’ Days said they hope to reschedule the four-day festival for later this year. And they're asking their volunteers to join the effort to help flood victims.


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