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PONTIAC — The city of Pontiac made sand and sandbags available Thursday to residents facing flooding from the Vermilion River.

The materials will be available at the municipal parking lot at the corner of Mill and Water streets, according to a news release from Pontiac Police Chief James Woolford.

After days of rain, the Vermilion stood at 17 feet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pontiac measuring station, a foot shy of the major flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning for the river from Pontiac downstream to Illinois 23 at Streator remains in effect until Saturday morning.

The river at Pontiac is projected to fall below the 14-foot flood stage by 7 a.m. Saturday.

"Even though at the present time the data suggests that a crest is near, residents of flood plain areas are encouraged to monitor their property and the river levels," Woolford said.

Residents can go to National Weather Service's river tracking website at https://bit.ly/2vxY1cB.

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