Suburban communities continue to deal with flooding

CARY, ILLINOIS (Fox 32 News) - It's been a couple weeks since initial storms moved through and caused the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers to flood the areas nearby.
 
Over the days, people have been forced to tough it out and deal with various situations.
 
Whether coming or going, residents of the small west suburban town of Cary are given no choice; either drive through several inches of water to get into their community, or find somewhere else to stay.
 
On the edge of the Fox River, several homes and even garages in Cary, have been swallowed by water. In part of the neighborhood accessible mostly by canoe, we met the Anglins, an elderly couple, who spent Friday at a hotel.
 
Their yard may be covered in water, but the inside of their home is dry, largely thanks to the communal effort of neighbors.          
 
“They were all filling the sandbags. Then they took the canoe and put the sandbags on the canoe and floated it over to the house,” said Joel Anglin.
 
In the communities along its banks, the historic rise of the Fox River is still causing watchers to remain vigilant.
 
In Algonquin, the threat of possible continued flooding caused the organizers of the annual Founder's Day Festival to cancel its activities for the first time in 57 years.
 
“The decision to have the resources of the village put toward the flood victims was more important than putting it toward the fest,” said Dan Barton, president of the festival.
 
Water levels at the McHenry dam were beating levels of years past.
 
 “What we're experiencing right now appears to have easily exceeded to 2013 level,” said John Laskowski with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
 
The Fox River crested Saturday morning in Algonquin and is slowly receding, officials there said.
 
Officials said they will keep an eye on the developments in the coming days.
 

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