Sunday, July 23, 2017

River Levels Crest in Moderate, Close to Major, Flood Stage

Flood Warnings continue for the Rock, Pecatonica and Kishwaukee Rivers with most of the warnings lasting 'Until Further Notice'  There have been a few locations on the Rock and Pecatonica where the river did already crest and will either hold steady at the current level, or begin to gradually come down by the end of the week.  River forecasts suggest that the river levels will remain in flood stage for at least the next 7 days.

It's important to remember to stay away from any area that is experiencing flooding.  Whether that be a river, creek, back yard or stream.  Currents are strong in both rivers and creeks when flooding occurs and this can quickly wash you away if you fall in.  Because of the high river level, debris and fast current the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) did close the Rock River 'Until Further Notice' in Winnebago, Ogle, Lee and Whiteside counties.

Below are the current river levels, as of 6pm Sunday evening, and when their expected time is to crest.  Please click here to continue to monitor river levels throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Pecatonica River at Freeport: Did crest just below major flood stage

Pecatonica River at Shirland: Expected to crest at major flood stage early Wednesday

Rock River at Latham Park: Expected to crest at moderate flood stage late Wednesday

Rock River at Rockton: Expected to crest at moderate flood stage late Wednesday

Kishwaukee River at Belvidere: Cresting now in moderate flood stage, expected to go down

Rock River at Byron: Crested Saturday in moderate flood stage

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