Flood Information
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards.  Some develop over a period of days, while flash floods can result in just a few minutes.  Flash floods carry a deadly cargo of rocks, mud, and other debris.  In the city of Elgin, flooding has occurred over the years, especially near the Fox River and low-lying areas. The river height is routinely monitored and over the years, we have experienced bank erosion and flooding of properties along the river.  If you live in a low-lying area, be aware of flood hazards.  Since every region of the state is at risk from flooding, it is important to understand the terms associated with flooding.
  • Flood Watch – Meteorological conditions that make flooding likely.  Stay tuned to radio or television reports.
  • Flood Warning – Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; seek higher ground.
  • Flash Flood Watch – Meteorological conditions that make flash flooding likely without any warning.
  • Flash Flood Warning – A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
  • Urban and Small Stream Advisory – Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas is occurring.

 Flood information