STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS — According to the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency the Flood Warning for Stephenson County remains in effect until further notice. The river level for the Pecatonica River at Freeport was 14.85 feet as of this morning. Flood stage is 13 feet. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting the river to crest at 15.3 feet Monday morning. However, potential rainfall this Saturday and next week could change that. Many creeks, streams, and low lying areas throughout the County are experiencing flooding, and there is still significant runoff occurring from recent heavy rains.
Individuals seeking flood assistance may call CONTACT of Northern Illinois at 815-233-4357 (HELP). The agency will refer all requests for flood assistance to the local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Be prepared to provide a description of your impacts and needs, your address, a phone number you can be reached at, and any other information that may be necessary.
There is no guarantee of any particular type of assistance being provided. The increasing number floods in our area has left some of our volunteer organizations stretched thin of resources. Nevertheless, the organizations affiliated with VOAD are dedicated to serving the community and providing practical assistance to those affected by this flooding through whatever means may be available.
It is important to note that the ongoing flooding is a separate event from the floods experienced earlier this spring. Local emergency management officials and the State of Illinois continue their efforts in seeking federal assistance for homes and businesses impacted by the spring 2019 flooding. If federal assistance becomes available, the information will shared with media outlets and be posted on the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.stcoema.org, Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stcoema) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/stcoema or @stcoema).