Flood Updates

*The city of Rockford is no longer evacuating residents.
*The water level in the dam has lowered approximately five inches.
*16th Street to 12th Street is still under water.
*State and Alpine is open to traffic but still without power due to a tree limb taking down a power line. Use of alternative routes is recommended.
*Many local streets are open though there is localized standing water in some areas.
*If residents are comfortable returning to their homes and have minimal damage, they are free to return.
*Citizens with over four feet of water in their homes are advised not to return.
*Cars from the flood zone that had to be towed were brought to the Greater Rockford Auto Auction.
*Flood victims will not be charged impound fees.


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  • by Becky Location: Beloit on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:43 PM
    my family had lots of damage in the flood. What could the mayor have done by leaving his vacation and coming back? Everyone should be upset because he didn't do anything to fix the problem before it occured. All he can do now is say how sorry he is that it happened.
  • by CJ Location: Rockford on Aug 9, 2007 at 05:45 AM
    As a nation, we would not tolerate our president staying on vacation during a national crisis. As a leader, it is expected that he be present during a crisis to provide guidance, assurance and compassion in a time of need. The citizens would be in an uproar if he decided to stay on vacation, and would be calling for his impeachment. Why is it wrong to expect the same of our city leader?
  • by Lynn Location: Oregon on Aug 8, 2007 at 08:31 PM
    Shame on the media for making an issue of Mayor Larry Morrissey being out of town on his honeymoon during the recent flood. After all, he didn't flee out of town after the flood occurred. A honeymoon is often a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It was planned, and possibly paid for, well in advance of this crisis. It sounds as if nearly everything that can be done for the flood victims is being done. I don't know what more Mayor Morrissey could do if he were here. Give the guy a break -- he deserves to enjoy his wedding trip.
  • by CJ Location: Rockford on Aug 8, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    My question is: Where is our illustrious mayor? We have a city in crisis and he's off on vacation! Even if it is his honeymoon, his new wife should understand that ROCKFORD is his job! I can't undertsnad why there isn't a bigger uproar over his absence. His lack of leadership in a time when the city needs him has definitely lost him my vote.
  • by Sandy Location: Rockton on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    Why can't the Rockford Fire Dept. & maybe other cities could help, too - provide their trucks to load up water from the Aldeen Park Dam and carry it off to some less vulnerable area than Rockford before today's rains start??
  • by den_den Location: P-ville, TN on Aug 8, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    hey peoples greetings from hillbilly heaven. as an area resident for 40 years my heart goes out to ya'll. semi-retirement gets a lil boring so from my end I've written to obama, syverson, & CNN either trying to get ya some help and/or enough negative press so the powers in charge WILL fix some of the trouble there. if anyone has an idea on who(m) to write I have plenty of free time so shQQt your ideas my way & I'll do whatever I can. just pleaseeeeeee NO & I mean NO sock monkeys please. waste of a gQQd sock ! kinda like rodeo riders........you EVER catch me at the steak house trying to ride around on my dinner please lock me up & toss the key ! ya'll are in me thoughts & prayers.
  • by john Location: south east rockford on Aug 7, 2007 at 10:44 PM
    i think a big part of the reason for all the flooding in that area is because of logli supermarket on charles st. the land it was built on used to be a flood plain. the land was heavly wooded and the ground was allways wet. it soaked up the flood waters! they cut down the trees, diverted the creek,and paved over the wetlands.no wonder, two 100 year floods in 11 months!never did it before. P.S. I dont hate logi, I shop there somtime! just my opinion
  • by Bill Goldberg Location: Orlando Fl. on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    I think is crazy the things happen in Rockford I have friends who live there a I hope they are O.K. I also think the Keith Creek should be looked at lives could have been lost today. You guys were lucky...
  • by Juice Location: Rockford on Aug 7, 2007 at 05:52 PM
    Maybe the people flooded twice should be provided Ice Hog tickets so they have a place to stay warm in winter. Maybe they could use their experience and clean up after to earn money to make their payments on the 2 loans generously offered to them by the City.
  • by michele Location: rockford on Aug 7, 2007 at 04:01 PM
    This may be a silly qustion, but wouldnt cleaning out our drainage ditches help with the flooding. I drive by them and there are trees and bushes growing out of them.
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