Flood watch issued into Tuesday morning

Catherine Henderson, Assistant City Editor

Rain and fluctuating temperatures have led Evanston city officials to prepare for flooding.

The Chicago area may see 1 to 2 inches of rain through Wednesday, according to NBC Chicago. The National Weather Service Chicago has issued a flood watch for Cook County going into effect Monday night and remaining into Tuesday morning.

The rain and warm temperatures will accelerate the snow melt, creating the possibility of flooding, NBC Chicago reported. Forecasters expressed concerns that the frozen ground might cause water to run faster rather than absorbing the moisture.

The city posted a tweet Monday afternoon, urging citizens to “help prevent localized flooding by clearing drainage structures of snow, ice and debris.” The city also encouraged residents to call Evanston 311 if they need assistance.

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