STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency working with the National Weather Service (NWS) has made the following statement:
Stephenson County has received over three inches of rain in the past seven days. This rainfall has caused the ground to be close to saturation and the Pecatonica River to rise above flood stage at 13.17 feet and holding (Flood stage is 13.0 feet). This river level leaves the county vulnerable for further and more severe flooding.
At this time the NWS in Quad Cities is predicting from 2.25 inches up to 4.0 inches of rain to fall over the region from Wednesday noon to Thursday night. This volume of precipitation could cause the Pecatonica River to rise to moderate or major flood stage levels. At this time no river level prediction for the next several days has been released by the NWS. More information regarding flood crest predictions and current river levels can be found on the Stephenson County Emergency Management web site at stcoema.org.
As a precautionary measure residents living on or near the Pecatonica River or Yellow Creek should take steps to move possessions to higher ground, move outdoor pets to higher ground and make living arrangements in case evacuation is needed.