Flood Warning Remains in Effect For The Pecatonica River at Freeport Until Further Notice

Freeport, Illinois  — July 26, 2017 — As of 6:45 PM Wednesday, the Pecatonica River level was at 15.14 feet, around two feet above flood stage. The river is currently forecast to rise again to 15.9 feet by Friday afternoon, similar to the levels we saw earlier this week.

Local officials are concerned there may be duplication of resources if residents who have already received cleanup kits and begun the cleanup process were to experience flooding again.

While forecasts are always subject to change, we ask residents to pay attention to river levels and weather forecasts and to take the proper precautions if floodwaters were to rise again.

The National Weather Service says flood waters continue to move through the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers.

Updated forecast information can be found below.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for the next 24 hours.

Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice. The Flood Warning continues for The Pecatonica River at Freeport.

* Until further notice.

* At 4:30 PM Wednesday the stage was 15.2 feet and falling.

* Flood stage is 13.0 feet.

* Moderate flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue.

* Recent activity…the river has dropped near a half foot in the past 2 days while upstream, at Martintown, Winslow, and McConnell the river is rising.

* Forecast…Rise to 15.9 feet Friday morning, then begin falling.

* Impact…At 16.0 feet, 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.

Flash Flood Warning in Northwestern Illinois

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Whiteside County in northwestern Illinois, Southern Jo Daviess County in northwestern Illinois, Carroll County in northwestern Illinois and Stephenson County in northwestern Illinois.

* Until 200 AM CDT Thursday

* At 755 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include: 

  • Freeport
  • Sterling
  • Rock Falls
  • Morrison
  • Mount Carroll
  • Fulton
  • Savanna
  • Lena
  • Prophetstown
  • Stockton
  • Erie
  • Lanark
  • Garden Plain
  • Milledgeville
  • Fairhaven
  • Albany
  • Hanover
  • Pearl City
  • Tampico and Elizabeth.
 Excessive rainfall over the warned area will cause mud slides near steep terrain. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area through 930 PM.
This includes Interstate 88 between mile markers 14 and 44.
 Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.

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Stephenson County residents are also reminded to contact the Damage Assessment Call Center at 815-801-0004 to report any damage to their homes and businesses as a result of the recent severe weather and flooding.

Public Service Announcements from the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency.

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