A Look At Freeport Illinois’ Historic Pecatonica River Crests

Freeport, Illinois — The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a Flood Warning for Stephenson County in Northwestern Illinois until 1015 AM CST Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service at 10:10 AM CST, emergency management reported flooding and road closures county-wide. Up to three inches of rain fell yesterday. This in combination with a frozen ground will continue to lead to flooding.  Some flooded areas may get worse today as water upstream flows into the area.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Freeport, Lena, Pearl City, Cedarville, Davis, Dakota, German Valley, Winslow, Rock City, Ridott, Buena Vista, Loran, Rock Grove, Oneco, Orangeville, Kent, Eleroy, Damascus, Lake Le-Aqua-na State Park and Mc Connell.

As a reminder, 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.

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

Current Flood Impacts

21.5
Water reaches the bottom of the Illinois Highway 26 bridge deck in Freeport.
20
Water reaches the bottom of the Stephenson Street bridge deck.
19
Water affects businesses west of the Stephenson Street bridge.
17
Water affects the parking lots of several businesses near the Stephenson Street bridge.
16.5
Water surrounds Taylor Park School and affects Illinois Highway 75 east of Freeport.
16
Water affects parking lots of businesses east of the Stephenson Street bridge and most streets north and south of Illinois Highway 75 are closed. Illinois Highway 75 is also closed.
15.5
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.
15
Some street closures begin north and south of Illinois Highway 75 and water affects many back yards in Freeport east of the Pecatonica River. Water begins to reach Illinois Highway 75 at the southeast corner of Taylor Park.
14
Minor street flooding begins in Freeport and water affects a few back yards east of the Pecatonica River.
13
Water affects low lying sections of Freeport mainly east of the Pecatonica River.
11
Some agricultural flooding occurs north of Freeport.

Historic Crests

(1) 19.76 ft on 03/16/1929
(2) 19.40 ft on 03/28/1916
(3) 18.82 ft on 02/25/1922
(4) 18.45 ft on 09/16/1914
(5) 18.36 ft on 04/06/1923
(6) 17.60 ft on 03/16/1919
(7) 17.41 ft on 04/03/1933
(8) 17.27 ft on 02/27/1915
(9) 17.16 ft on 07/03/1969
(10) 17.13 ft on 03/25/1975
(11) 17.00 ft on 01/28/1916
(12) 16.98 ft on 03/08/1937
(13) 16.90 ft on 04/05/1959
(14) 16.77 ft on 03/16/1928
(15) 16.74 ft on 02/09/1927
(16) 16.61 ft on 07/11/1993
(17) 16.41 ft on 03/01/1948
(18) 16.40 ft on 02/22/1997
(19) 16.38 ft on 02/15/1918
(20) 16.35 ft on 04/02/1960
(21) 16.33 ft on 02/20/1971
(22) 16.33 ft on 02/09/1938
(23) 16.30 ft on 02/12/1928
(24) 16.28 ft on 03/29/1932
(25) 16.28 ft on 02/24/1930
(26) 16.24 ft on 07/04/1990
(27) 16.20 ft on 09/17/1915
(28) 16.12 ft on 07/24/2010
(29) 16.10 ft on 03/02/1918
(30) 16.09 ft on 03/16/1917
(31) 16.00 ft on 03/14/1918
(32) 15.80 ft on 03/20/1948
(33) 15.80 ft on 02/24/1937
(34) 15.80 ft on 09/28/1915
(35) 15.71 ft on 06/15/2008
(36) 15.70 ft on 02/16/1915
(37) 15.64 ft on 02/27/1985
(38) 15.60 ft on 03/05/1923
(39) 15.60 ft on 10/08/1927
(40) 15.50 ft on 07/06/1933
(41) 15.48 ft on 03/16/1920
(42) 15.46 ft on 01/09/1946
(43) 15.30 ft on 05/23/1933
(44) 15.27 ft on 06/05/2000
(45) 15.09 ft on 06/14/1926
(46) 15.04 ft on 02/24/1953
(47) 14.90 ft on 02/05/1927
(48) 14.88 ft on 08/23/1924
(49) 14.80 ft on 03/27/1920
(50) 14.80 ft on 08/28/1928
(51) 14.80 ft on 11/19/1928
(52) 14.71 ft on 03/15/2013
(53) 14.70 ft on 03/09/1922
(54) 14.68 ft on 03/21/1963
(55) 14.65 ft on 03/09/1949
(56) 14.63 ft on 03/20/1982
(57) 14.59 ft on 07/12/1951
(58) 14.56 ft on 07/19/1996
(59) 14.51 ft on 07/22/1950
(60) 14.50 ft on 12/30/1927
(61) 14.41 ft on 12/31/1972
(62) 14.40 ft on 05/29/1927
(63) 14.40 ft on 10/03/1926
(64) 14.34 ft on 02/15/2005
(65) 14.30 ft on 02/24/1916
(66) 14.30 ft on 04/11/1922
(67) 14.30 ft on 04/10/1926
(68) 14.30 ft on 12/29/1932
(69) 14.30 ft on 09/19/1938
(70) 14.28 ft on 05/01/2008
(71) 14.28 ft on 02/24/1925
(72) 14.25 ft on 03/06/1965
(73) 14.25 ft on 01/31/1974
(74) 14.23 ft on 02/14/1966
(75) 14.13 ft on 03/14/1952
(76) 14.13 ft on 03/16/1943
(77) 14.11 ft on 03/20/1980
(78) 14.10 ft on 06/10/1932
(79) 14.10 ft on 10/31/1919
(80) 14.08 ft on 05/29/2004
(81) 14.06 ft on 03/24/1979
(82) 14.03 ft on 04/13/2008
(83) 14.00 ft on 02/28/1923
(84) 14.00 ft on 10/06/1919
(85) 14.00 ft on 06/14/1917
(86) 13.97 ft on 08/23/2002
(87) 13.96 ft on 05/22/1999
(88) 13.93 ft on 06/30/2013
(89) 13.90 ft on 12/01/1935
(90) 13.90 ft on 12/01/1934
(91) 13.90 ft on 04/11/1929
(92) 13.90 ft on 06/26/1924
(93) 13.90 ft on 03/30/1924
(94) 13.90 ft on 03/13/2009
(95) 13.89 ft on 03/08/1974
(96) 13.82 ft on 04/19/2013
(97) 13.80 ft on 11/25/1931
(98) 13.76 ft on 08/03/1942
(99) 13.75 ft on 02/27/1944
(100) 13.63 ft on 08/31/2007
(101) 13.60 ft on 11/21/1931
(102) 13.55 ft on 03/30/1962
(103) 13.50 ft on 05/03/1933
(104) 13.50 ft on 11/23/1934
(105) 13.50 ft on 02/11/1925
(106) 13.40 ft on 12/16/1928
(107) 13.40 ft on 03/17/1946
(108) 13.40 ft on 05/04/1919
(109) 13.38 ft on 09/15/1972
(110) 13.30 ft on 10/02/1919
(111) 13.30 ft on 03/02/1926
(112) 13.30 ft on 01/26/1938
(113) 13.30 ft on 03/15/1944
(114) 13.30 ft on 09/14/1927
(115) 13.29 ft on 03/29/1967
(116) 13.28 ft on 03/18/2010
(117) 13.25 ft on 03/21/2008
(118) 13.25 ft on 03/25/1986
(119) 13.23 ft on 02/21/1955
(120) 13.20 ft on 09/24/1919
(121) 13.20 ft on 05/09/1933
(122) 13.20 ft on 03/21/1926
(123) 13.10 ft on 06/09/1916
(124) 13.08 ft on 03/16/1989
(125) 13.04 ft on 04/06/1998
(126) 13.02 ft on 04/22/2008
(127) 13.00 ft on 04/22/1920
(128) 13.00 ft on 05/12/1927
(129) 12.97 ft on 07/29/2011
(130) 12.94 ft on 03/30/1961
(131) 12.90 ft on 11/11/1919
(132) 12.90 ft on 03/28/1950
(133) 12.90 ft on 06/27/1925
(134) 12.90 ft on 03/07/1924
(135) 12.90 ft on 03/22/1922
(136) 12.85 ft on 03/25/1941
(137) 12.84 ft on 09/08/1981
(138) 12.80 ft on 01/27/1950
(139) 12.80 ft on 09/20/1927
(140) 12.80 ft on 03/21/1925
(141) 12.80 ft on 08/03/1915
(142) 12.80 ft on 04/07/1928
(143) 12.73 ft on 06/23/1978
(144) 12.70 ft on 03/13/1927
(145) 12.70 ft on 04/20/1929
(146) 12.70 ft on 08/06/1924
(147) 12.67 ft on 06/29/1945
(148) 12.60 ft on 03/09/1976
(149) 12.54 ft on 03/06/1991
(150) 12.53 ft on 12/07/1982
(151) 12.50 ft on 06/13/1915
(152) 12.49 ft on 03/09/1935
(153) 12.40 ft on 06/16/1930
(154) 12.30 ft on 06/18/1947
(155) 12.21 ft on 03/01/1958
(156) 12.20 ft on 03/01/1949
(157) 12.18 ft on 03/20/1980
(158) 12.10 ft on 06/26/1944
(159) 12.06 ft on 08/20/1921
(160) 12.00 ft on 03/10/1946
(161) 12.00 ft on 01/14/1934
(162) 11.99 ft on 03/16/1936
(163) 11.90 ft on 05/13/1948
(164) 11.80 ft on 02/22/1943
(165) 11.73 ft on 05/12/1995
(166) 11.60 ft on 08/15/1943
(167) 11.57 ft on 02/11/2001
(168) 11.54 ft on 02/02/1988
(169) 11.50 ft on 06/23/1937
(170) 11.40 ft on 03/15/1939
(171) 11.21 ft on 06/27/1954
(172) 11.10 ft on 09/13/1941
(173) 11.00 ft on 08/17/1938
(174) 11.00 ft on 01/10/1939
(175) 10.98 ft on 09/27/1931
(176) 10.94 ft on 06/20/1984
(177) 10.94 ft on 04/19/2006
(178) 10.72 ft on 08/29/1940
(179) 10.70 ft on 06/27/1937
(180) 10.70 ft on 12/28/1942
(181) 10.60 ft on 07/03/1938
(182) 10.50 ft on 07/25/1977
(183) 10.32 ft on 12/01/1991
(184) 10.13 ft on 06/15/1957
(185) 10.10 ft on 06/14/1937
(186) 10.10 ft on 02/28/1956
(187) 10.00 ft on 05/29/1945
(188) 9.96 ft on 03/08/1970
(189) 9.90 ft on 02/03/1967
(190) 9.76 ft on 11/04/1967
(191) 9.40 ft on 06/26/1938
(192) 9.24 ft on 05/15/2003
(193) 9.02 ft on 04/05/1964
(194) 8.78 ft on 08/27/1987
(195) 0.00 ft on 02/22/1994
(196) 0.00 ft on 03/12/1950

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Sources:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/crests.php?wfo=dvn&gage=feei2&crest_type=historic

http://water.weather.gov

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