MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- Flooding is being seen across the state line and in some places the water is knee deep where there once stood dry land. In Machesney Park families are watching the rock river rapidly rise across the banks that were made to hold it back. This sort of flooding can be seen all up and down the river covering yards, bike paths, and boat launches. One Machesney Park family says it's less the flooding that bothers them and more the debris out on the river.
"The trees floating in the river are just like an iceberg," explained Philip Johns, who has lived on the river for 20 years. "What you see is just a fraction of what's actually there. Can you imagine what would happen when a tube with a child hits one of those trees? I don't like to think about it."
Johns says as a retired fire fighter he has pulled enough bodies out of the river and asks that we follow the rules and laws meant to keep us and everyone else safe. Including no wake orders and staying off the river if it's closed