Stephenson County, Illinois — The Stephenson County Sheriff’s office has announced that due to the combination of melting snow and rain that we’ve received, Stephenson County is experiencing some road closures.
Drone photos of current water levels from the Freeport Fire Department on Monday, February 26th.
Updated at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday February 28, 2018
• Stubbe Rd South of Nora Rd
• E Stateline Rd off Winslow Rd
• Maize Rd between Farwell Bridge Rd and Norris Rd
• Van Buren Rd area North of Freeport.
• E Fawver Rd at N. Fawver Rd
• River Rd between Shockey Rd and Rock City Rd
• River Rd West of Farwell Bridge Rd
• Old Mill Rd between Wachlin Rd and St James Rd
• Wachlin Rd between St James Rd and Old Mill Rd
• Winneshiek Rd between Harlem Center Rd and Iris Hill Rd
• Iris Hill between Scioto Mills and Winneshiek Rd
• RT 75 from Tower Rd into Freeport
• Maize Rd between Kinny Rd and Farwell Bridge
Drivers are asked to please obey all posted road signs and do not drive through water that is over roadways. This list is subject to change at any time.
Please go here to see current weather information.
Below portion of this page last updated February 27, 2018
A Flood Warning continues for the Pecatonica River at Freeport until Saturday morning with a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Buchanan-Delaware-Dubuque-Benton-Linn-Jones-Jackson-Iowa-Johnson- Cedar-Clinton-Muscatine-Scott-Keokuk-Washington-Louisa-Jefferson- Henry IA-Des Moines-Van Buren-Lee-Jo Daviess-Stephenson-Carroll- Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-Mercer-Henderson- Warren-Hancock-McDonough-Scotland-Clark counties, according to the National Weather Service Quad Cities out of the Quad Cities.
The Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of north central Illinois, northwest Illinois, west central Illinois, east central Iowa, northeast Iowa, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri.
* At 3:30 AM Tuesday the stage was 15.5 feet and falling.
* Flood stage is 13.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring.
* Forecast: Fall below flood stage Saturday morning.
* Impact: At 15.5 feet, Numerous streets are closed north and south of Illinois Highway 75 and water enters the first floor level of a few homes. Water also begins to enter Taylor Park. Businesses along Van Buren Street north of the Pecatonica River are directly affected by water.
Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying spots.
Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe.
DAY ONE – TODAY AND TONIGHT
Area rivers are experiencing flooding. Please see the latest Flood Statements and Flood Warnings for details..
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN – WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
Rain is likely Wednesday evening into Thursday, and there is a slight chance for thunderstorms in the counties along and south of Interstate 80 with lightning as the main risk.
Rain is expected to change to snow over parts of the area Thursday morning. Several inches of snow accumulation are possible, approximately along and north of a line from Dyersville, Iowa to Sterling, Illinois. Confidence is low on amounts, but a period of snow is possible along with wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Additionally, runoff from precipitation that falls Wednesday and Thursday may lead to another round of tributary river flooding
Sunny, with a high near 58. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.