Drivers Stuck in Flash Flooding


STATELINE (WIFR) -- Flooded roadways continue to be a big problem. Some Stateline drivers got stuck and that could be quite dangerous.

“I didn’t know how deep it was. If I would’ve seen it I definitely wouldn’t have gone through that way,” said Ken Roby.

Roby now has no choice but to let his car dry out. Water got into the engine after driving into the Schnucks parking lot on Charles, not realizing it is flooded.
“I mean that’s part of living in Illinois. I’ve lived here 60 something years, you see it every year, things flood.”

But driving through those flooded areas can cost you more than your car.

It only takes as little as 6 inches of standing water to lose control of the wheel. According to the CDC that’s why more than half of all flood related drownings happen when someone tries to drive through dangerous flood water.

“I wouldn’t drive through it. It’s an adventure, you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes it’s shallow and it looks shallow, other times it ends up being really deep.”

City workers are now patrolling flooded areas like Charles Stret and high waters aren’t the only danger for local drivers. This heavy rain has pushed several manhole covers into the streets. City workers were able to recover one on Broadway and they hope these high waters recede soon, so they can fix any others and avoid accidents.
The city is asking for our help. If you see any loose manhole covers in the street, you’re asked to call the Public Works Department. Local fire departments are monitoring the Rock River. It’s expected to hit “moderate” flood stage this weekend.

Stateline families worried their homes will flood can pick up free sandbags at the following locations:

• Harlem-Roscoe Fire Station #1—10544 Main St., Roscoe, IL
• Michalsen Office Furniture parking lot—8010 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL
• New Milford Fire Station—2177 Will James Rd., New Milford, IL
• Corner of IL 251/Harlem Road in Machesney Park 251/Harlem Road
• Village of Machesney Park salt storage facility located just west of Target on IL 173.
• Beloit Department of Public Works 2351 Springbrook Court


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