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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** EVENT CANCELLED 25 March 2019 @ 4:15 PM **
Flood Warning continues until 1:45 AM Tue Mar 26 2019

Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
855 AM CDT Mon Mar 25 2019

.Updated flood information for the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for the next 48 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

...Flood Warning now in effect until 1:45 AM Tuesday...

The Flood Warning continues for
The Pecatonica River at Freeport.
* Until this morning.
* At 7:30 AM Monday the stage was 13.0 feet and falling.
* Flood stage is 13.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring.
* Forecast, Fall below flood stage this morning.
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Rain chance returns tonight thru Sunday evening. Rainfall amounts of one tenth to a quarter of an inch will have minimal if any affect on the current river flood levels. Flood Warning remains in effect thru Sunday night, when Pecatonica River is forecast to fall below flood stage of 13.0 feet.Periods of rain are likely from late tonight through Sunday. There may be enough instability for a few thunderstorms in the counties south of interstate 80 Sunday afternoon. Total rainfall amounts between 0.25 to 0.50 inches are expected for most areas. Amounts over a half inch are possible where heavier downpours occur and where the band of rain pivots on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

Rain chance returns tonight thru Sunday evening.  Rainfall amounts of one tenth to a quarter of an inch will have minimal if any affect on the current river flood levels.  Flood Warning remains in effect thru Sunday night, when Pecatonica River is forecast to fall below flood stage of 13.0 feet.

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For the March 2019 flooding, anyone seeking information on flood assistance, reporting flood damage, volunteer opportunities, or how to make a donation is asked to call CONTACT of Northern Illinois at 815-233-4357 (HELP). ... See MoreSee Less

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