Flooding Concerns in Winnebago County

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- With all the rain, river levels are rising and flooding is now a concern. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says it has been monitoring the Rock River which is expected to rise above the 10-foot flood stage by tomorrow.

At the 10-foot flood stage, water could reach into some backyards along the river, which is why sand bags are available. Harlem-Roscoe Fire Station #1 says people can stop by anytime throughout the night to get bags.

"Sandbags are available. Because we're so busy we may not be able to fill them but (people) are welcome to fill their own. We'll try to get a county road crew out here tomorrow and start filling a bunch of them," said Battalion Chief Jay Alms with Harlem-Roscoe Fire.

In addition to Harlem-Roscoe Fire Station #1 at 10544 Main St., Roscoe, the parking lot of Michalsen Office Furniture at 8010 N. 2nd St. in Machesney Park, and the New Milford Fire Station at 2177 Will James Rd., will also have sandbags.

According to the National Weather Service, the Rock River at Latham is expected to rise above 11.5 feet before cresting on Wednesday. That's when we could see flood waters move onto neighborhood roads.

No word yet on whether the Rock River will be open for the 4th of July weekend.

Besides sandbags, the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department is also keeping busy with storm damage calls. The department received about 30 calls in 45 minutes when the storm hit this evening, for reports of gas line breaks and downed power lines.

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