The river at the tailwater now is expected to crest Tuesday at 12.4 feet, which is lower than the original forecast of 13 feet. But it is expected to remain at major flood stage through Thursday, and still be in moderate flood stage at about 10.5 feet well into next week.
“The good news is that the river crest will not be as bad as first thought. The bad news is how long that water is going to stick around. I haven’t seen a flat line like that for a long time. That means it can get into more places,” Christensen said.
The village of Algonquin has cordoned off the parks and public spaces along the river, many of which already have filled with water – egrets and cormorants looked for food Monday next to the playground in flooded Cornish Park. Walls of sandbags lined backyards of historically plaqued, century-old homes on La Fox River Drive.
Down the street, six-year resident Andy Bobrow was feeling fortunate – aside from some water in the basement, the river had encroached only a bit into his backyard, just as it had during the last major river flood in 2013.
“I’m counting my blessings, compared to some of these people,” Bobrow said.
Just across the river from Bobrow, Kris and Bob Lindahl stood in front of their flooded home just off the McHenry County Prairie Trail. Their home at the end of Osceola Drive in normal years stands about 50 feet from the riverbank.
The couple, which had returned from their summer home in Michigan to survey the damage, have lived in the house for half a century, and this isn’t their first flood. But the couple took it in stride. Kris Lindahl walked through his still dry front yard and pointed to a front step that he said was an inch underwater in a past flood.
“Knock on wood, this is not the worst one,” he said.
Next-door neighbor Marie Betz’s house was dry, courtesy of slightly better geography and a wall of sandbags placed there by village volunteers. But the river claimed a large tree that uprooted the steps of her deck and could be seen from a distance.
Although she said she was crossing her fingers and hoping for the best from her sump pump, Betz was more eager to talk about the volunteers who put up the sandbags.
“They were absolutely wonderful,” Betz said.