Emergency Management Agency Stephenson County Releases Flood Information

STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — Early this morning, the Pecatonica River at Freeport reached Minor Flood Stage at 13 feet. The National Weather Service is currently predicting the river to crest at 15.8 feet by Monday, just below Major Flood Stage.

This is very similar to flood levels experienced in July 2017 and February 2018.

However, impacts may differ from previous floods due to factors such as frozen ground, forecast rainfall, snowmelt, and runoff from southern Wisconsin. Many area creeks are also experiencing significant flooding, including Richland Creek in Orangeville and most of Yellow Creek.

The Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents living in flood-prone areas to take action now to prepare for the flooding.

• Monitor weather and river forecasts. Pay attention to flood watches and warnings. If you live in an area prone to flash flooding, keep an eye out for potential signs such as heavy rain.

• Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels, declutter drains and gutters, and consider a sump pump with a battery. Find alternative parking to keep your vehicle out of flood waters.

• If possible, plan ahead and have a place to go in case you need to evacuate your home. Gather supplies and keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.

• Listen to local officials. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Do not drive around barricades.

Sand and sandbags have been placed at the Krape Park maintenance building, St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church at 607 East Stephenson St, and at the old fire station at 1819 South West Ave / IL 26 in Freeport.

Residents should pay attention to future press releases for more information as the situation develops.

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When do you think the temps will be steady 40s and when it does melt the snow will it have the potential for a flood this year? What factors do you look for in pre-flood?

This was the 2013 geographic map of underground areas that show hollow areas that flood water has been eroding away

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR STEPHENSON COUNTY IL

110 PM CST Mon Feb 17 2020

...Periods of Snow and Slippery Travel...

Light to moderate snow this morning and early afternoon has resulted in slushy accumulation on untreated surfaces. Areas along and north of a line from Manchester, Iowa to Dubuque, Iowa to Freeport, Illinois have stayed mostly wet snow so far today. The highest amounts of 1 to 3 inches have occurred near and to the east of the Mississippi River. Additional snowfall up to a half inch is possible by mid afternoon.

The expectation is for the snow to mix with or change to light rain by 2 to 3 PM, with the slush on roadways eventually melting off.

Use caution if traveling, especially on untreated and secondary roads.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR STEPHENSON COUNTY IL

656 AM CST Mon Feb 17 2020

...Wintry Mix this Morning...

Light snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain will fall over the area this morning. Temperatures are hovering near freezing, and most roads will remain wet, and not icy. However, untreated surfaces and car wind shields may see some icing, and could be slick. Your driveway and sidewalk are likely to most slick spots out there this morning, use caution as you leave your home.
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