Rock River flooding concerns raised with potential for more heavy rains

ILLINOIS (WIFR) – The potential for even more heavy rains in the next couple days could spell trouble for the Rock River this weekend.

Up to four inches of rain has already fallen across southern portions of Wisconsin, just over the last two days and the water will be making its way into the Rock River this weekend on top of potentially even more rainfall we may receive through Saturday.

The Pecatonica River near Shirland is expected to crest at 12.6 feet Monday afternoon. Flood stage is at 12 feet. Meanwhile, the Rock River at Rockton will also be experiencing some minor flooding with a crest arriving on Monday afternoon at 8.9 feet. Flood stage is 8.5 feet. Further downstream towards Byron the Rock is expected to crest at 12.5 feet Friday afternoon. Flood stage is a t 13 feet. The high water won’t be the only issue over the next several days.

Recent rounds of severe storms have added tree debris into area waters, making boating hazardous. No wake orders have been issued for the Rock River in Winnebago, Ogle, and Lee Counties, likely lasting through the upcoming weekend.

The National Weather Service expects levels on several area rivers will remain elevated well into next week pending any more significant rainfall in the region.