WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – As the waters continue to rise across much of the Stateline, many area residents are preparing for potentially record-setting flood levels.
It’s a scene all too familiar for Stacy Goff and her family of six, treading through knee-high water to reach their home in Roscoe’s Edgemere Terrace neighborhood. Heavy flooding has caused their walls to peel and their belongings to float, among the debris in the Rock River.
“It’s really taking a toll on me this time. I am ill and I just can’t do it,” said Goff.
Goff says she lost everything in the 2008 flood and is starting to give up on saving her house. Others are also packing their belongings for dry land.
“I’m used to it, but it’s a hard day for me. It’s difficult.”
It’s been a difficult day for families across Winnebago County, including the neighborhood on Minns Drive in Machesney Park, where cars are submerged, dumpsters are floating, and basket-ball hoops are dunked in water.
Flooding on shore drive is moderate right now, but that’s not to say what could happen this weekend as levels rise. Amanda Jenkins and her family moved to the area in July and less than a year later, she’s moving out until the water recedes.
“The beds, the clothes, I don’t know if we are going to take the couches but most of what will soak up the smell, I don’t want to sleep in a bed that smells like river water,” said Jenkins.
Tad’s on the Rock is feeling the negative side of being on the Rock River. Volunteers spent hours filling more than one hundred sand bags to help keep waters at bay.
“We went through it in 2008 so just want to be ahead of the game.”
If you’d like to help out Tad’s you can still head out there this evening. We learned about their plight on our Facebook page. Our thanks to everyone who have been submitting tips and pictures so far. You can weigh in too, by visiting us at likewifr.com.