Dramatic Rescue Efforts Praised

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- Residents are applauding heroes today, the morning after powerful floodwaters submerged parts of Rockford.

The chilly water trapped people in their homes and set off one dramatic rescue after another.

At the intersection of 14th Street and Tenth Avenue, the water rose to about five feet. A civilian-operated fishing boat hauled in dozens of people, including several boatloads of young children.

Many long-time residents call the surprise afternoon flooding unprecedented. People were forced to abandon cars, watch possessions float by or wait on porches as boats were dispatched to carry them to safety.

The National Weather Service says an area in southeast Rockford received about six inches of rain during afternoon storms.