Waters on the Rise in Stephenson County

FREEPORT (WIFR) – At Vanburen and Lancaster, just north of Freeport, the Pecatonica River is over its banks and has covered the road. There is a bit of good news, as the National Weather Service just lowered the crest stage from 15.5 feet to 14.9. That will likely happen on Monday and is still about a foot and a half above flood stage. EMA officials say the downgrade puts them out of serious flooding concerns.

"For most people it really doesn't mean a whole lot, unless they live right along the river area. There might be some backyard flooding, a little bit into their basement, seepage. But as far as significant flooding? No. It pretty much takes us out of the major concern,” said Rob Baker with Stephenson County Emergency Management.

Most of the flooding is on the north side of Freeport. A few city streets have been closed, and most of the county roads that run near rivers and streams are also closed. Remember, if you come across a flooded road, turn around.


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