DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- The first day of Corn Fest in DeKalb has been canceled today after flooding has left many streets under water.
Organizers bill Corn Fest as one of the state's oldest summer music festivals. They say more than 100-thousand people typically attend the three-day fest in downtown DeKalb.
Officials will announce later today whether the festival will go on as scheduled tomorrow and Sunday.
Heavy rains overnight have overwhelmed northern Illinois. Bridges have been overflowing, and residents in low-lying areas are being evacuated.
DeKalb Mayor Frank Van Buer has declared a local emergency.
And Ken Mundy, mayor of neighboring Sycamore, is asking residents to stay home to make way for emergency personnel.