UNDATED (WIFR) There’s moderate flooding to the Pecatonica River in Freeport right now, though it is expected to fall below flood stage by Wednesday.
The Kishwaukee River continues to fall as well, and should be entirely below flood stage by tonight or tomorrow. The Rock River continues to rise, and will likely crest by tomorrow or Wednesday.
Meantime, to our south, the Rock River has already crested near Byron, and should fall below flood stage within the next day.
Damage is still being assessed in Stephenson County, where emergency management workers say they're experiencing record flooding.
Waters swept through more than 1,000 homes and damaged farms so badly cattle had be to trucked up north.
The hardest hit area is in the county, just east of where the Yellow Creek drains into the Pecatonica River. County leaders are now trying to get Governor Pat Quinn to declare the land a disaster area; which would provide financial assistance in clean-up and water testing. This could also help get federal funding.
Sand bag materials are available at Taylor Park, Carl Sandburg School and at the Krape park maintenance building.
The Red Cross also set up a shelter at First Lutheran church on galena and Jackson in Freeport. There are dumpsters set up throughout the city to help with clean-up.
There are several roads now closed due to such extensive flooding. Most of them are west or southwest of Freeport.
In Ogle County, 30 areas of roadway were shut down due to flooding, but most of them are now reopened. Leaf River got hit the hardest but so far no structural damage has been reported.
In Winnebago County there are just a few roads are closed due to standing water.
Telegraph Road between Lungren and 3rd Street in Pecatonica is closed, along with Sanders to Lungren. Winnebago road from Trask Bridge Road to Fish Hatchery is also closed.
Emergency management workers tell 23 News they haven't had any major flood damage to homes... with the exception of a few flooded basements.