River Water Levels on Decline, Avoiding Flooding Concerns

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Temperatures above freezing last week caused melting ice along the Rock and Kishwaukee River. The ice jammed and affected water flow and raised some flooding concerns.

The water levels at the Rock and Kishwaukee peaked Sunday night. Some portions of the Kiswaukee reached above flood level. The Rock River's water level reached a foot and half under the flood stage.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department has monitored the levels since Saturday. If the flooding levels become serious, ESDA, or the Emergency Services Disaster Agency, is on call with sandbags ready.

The good news is according to the National Weather Service, water levels are predicted to be on a steady decline and back to normal winter levels by Thursday.

"We wanted to make sure that we had everything ready to go. If it was needed, but even if it wasn't needed I wanted to be prepared rather than not prepared, so we had the sandbag machine and the sandbags ready to go," the emergency response team’s Dennis Lolli said.

The last time serious ice-related flooding happened in Rockford was five years ago. The National Weather Services expects the area river levels to return to normal by Thursday, thus avoiding any type of flood relief.


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