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Rivers Rise as Flood Watch Continues

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Rivers Rise as Flood Watch Continues

Areas near the lakefront, just north of Lincoln Park, were submerged under water Saturday. (WBEZ/Carrie Shepherd)

A gusty night means Chicago crews are out resetting traffic lights and cleaning up downed tree branches this morning. Most of the flashing traffic signals are believed related to power outages. There were about 40 reports of wind-downed tree limbs in the city. Meanwhile, across Illinois, residents are bracing for flooding as rivers continue to rise. Officials urged residents near the Des Plaines River in the Chicago area to evacuate Saturday night as its waters rose. The river is expected to crest at Riverside later today at about 1 foot above flood stage. Forecasters say temperatures will rise to the 30s today in northern parts of the state, and the 40s further south.

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