Friday, March 15, 2019

Flooding Builds Toward Crest

As the weather warms in spring unfortunately so do the chances for flooding.  In the Stateline area, our rainfall total since January is 7.92 inches, which is 4.15 inches above normal - more than double what it should be!  We can see the evidence everywhere with rivers flowing out of their banks and standing water in yards and fields. We have an Areal Flood Warning in place until Wednesday morning at 9:15 am.  Areal Flooding is flooding that develops more gradually from prolonged and persistent rainfall, it results in ponding and build-up of water in low-lying flood-prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams.  Because of this type of flooding, it will take time for the water to reach the major rivers, such as the Rock River, and why it will not crest and then start dropping until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (based on National Weather Service hydrographs).

We do have good news, however and that is there is no significant precipitation in the Forecast for the next 7 days.  This will allow fields and streams to dry and reduce the threat of prolonged flooding.

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