Stephenson County Makes Statement on Recent Flooding

STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- Below is an updated statement for April 22nd, 2013 from Stephenson County regarding flooding.

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Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency using data from the National Weather Service is making this flood statement.

Winslow
The Pecatonica River level at Martintown, WI was 15.03 feet as of 1930 Hours. The flood stage is 13.5 feet. The river crested at 15.11 feet on the 21st. The river at Martintown will fall slowly and is predicted to fall below flood stage late Tuesday evening. This river level prediction takes into account anticipated rainfall for the next 24 hours.

Freeport
The Pecatonica River level at Freeport was at 13.59 feet at 0830 Hours. Flood stage is 13.00 feet. The National Weather Service forecast a crest of 14.00 for Tuesday the 23nd. Once the crest is reached the river will remain near the 14.0 foot level for several days and then start a slow fall to below flood stage by the end of the week. Freeport Streets located off of IL Rt. 75 East from Henderson St to the east are impacted by water. Some streets have been closed and persons living in the area, along with business in the area, should look at alternation routes for traveling to and from home or work. Flooding is occurring in the Third and McClurg Street area, Park Street, North Henderson Road, Hancock Street from E. Stephenson St south to the bridge. Also, the intersection of Van Buren and Lancaster Road, just north of Freeport.

County Roads
Current road closures in Stephenson County can be found on the EMA website at www.stcoema.org.

Drivers should still be alert for water on the roadway near streams and low lying areas. Drivers are advised to turn around and …don’t drown. It only takes two feet of water to float most vehicles…including sport utility vehicles.

Sheltering
Sheltering is not anticipated at this time.
In the event shelters become necessary, you should bring identification which shows your residence (or utility bill), any medicines needed by members of your family, feeding formulas for infants, a pillow and blanket for each member of your family, and a change of clothing. Family pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters due to Public Health requirements. Families with pets living in areas where evacuation may be needed should make prior arrangements to house their pets and not leave the pets behind in the house or on the property.

Impending Weather Systems

A moderate rainfall event is forecast to occur Tuesday with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half inch possible which will have little or no impact on the river level. Weather forecasts through the rest of the week has light precipitation occurring Friday and Sunday.

Health Issues
Those people living in low lying areas or areas prone to flooding are urged to get their wells tested. High water tables could contaminate well water if there is poor well construction. Water test kits can be obtained from the Stephenson County Environmental Health Department located at 295 W. Lamm Road, Freeport. Persons coming in contact with the flood waters should clean their boots and clothing with disinfectant and use proper hygiene precautions before eating.

Sand Bag Locations
Residents who live within the City of Freeport will find sand and sandbags located in the Tutty’s Crossing Parking Lot at Stephenson and Liberty Streets and the Freeport Park District maintenance building located in Krape Park to the north of the band shell.

Residents who live in Stephenson County can call 815-599-0344 for sandbags. Be prepared to advise how many bags will be needed.

Contact Points
Persons living within the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8222, the Freeport Police Department, with questions.

Persons living outside the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8252, the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Agency, or the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency at 815-599-0344 with questions. Those individuals with internet access can go to www.stcoema.org for further information.


STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- Below is an updated statement for April 21st, 2013 from Stephenson County regarding flooding.

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Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency using data from the National Weather Service is making this flood statement.

Winslow
The Pecatonica River level at Martintown, WI was 14.93 feet as of 1930 Hours. The flood stage is 13.5 feet. The river is expected to crest near or at 15.0 feet on today the 21st. We are not anticipating major road closures at this time in the village. This crest prediction takes into account anticipated rainfall for the next 24 hours.

Freeport
The Pecatonica River level at Freeport was at 13.61 feet at 0647 Hours. Flood stage is 13.00 feet. The National Weather Service forecast a crest of 14.10 for Tuesday the 23nd. Once the crest is reached the river will remain near the 14.0 foot level for several days and then start a slow fall to below flood stage in the several days. Freeport Streets located off of IL Rt. 75 East from Henderson St to the east will be impacted with water. Some streets have been closed and persons living in the area, along with business in the area, should look at alternation routes for traveling to and from home or work. Flooding is occurring in the Third and McClurg Street area, Park Street, North Henderson Road, Hancock Street from E. Stephenson St south to the bridge. Also, the intersection of Van Buren and Lancaster Road, just north of Freeport.

County Roads
Current road closures in Stephenson County can be found on the EMA website at www.stcoema.org.

Drivers should still be alert for water on the roadway near streams and low lying areas. Drivers are advised to turn around and …don’t drown. It only takes two feet of water to float most vehicles…including sport utility vehicles.

Sheltering
Sheltering is not anticipated at this time.
In the event of shelters become necessary, you should bring identification which shows your residence (or utility bill), any medicines needed by members of your family, feeding formulas for infants, a pillow and blanket for each member of your family, and a change of clothing. Family pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters due to Public Health requirements. Families with pets living in areas where evacuation may be needed should make prior arrangements to house their pets and not leave the pets behind in the house or on the property.

Impending Weather System
No major weather system is forecast for the region for next seven days.

The Weekend
The forecast for the weekend looks good for Saturday with the possibility of some light rain/snow on Sunday which should have little impact on the Pecatonica River or Yellow Creek river basins. A moderate rainfall event is forecast to occur Tuesday with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half inch possible. This amount of precipitation will have little or no impact on the current river level.
Health Issues
Those people living in low lying areas or areas prone to flooding are urged to get their wells tested. High water tables could contaminate well water if there is poor well construction. Water test kits can be obtained from the Stephenson County Environmental Health Department located at 295 W. Lamm Road, Freeport. Persons coming in contact with the flood waters should clean their boots and clothing with disinfectant and use proper hygiene precautions before eating.

Sand Bag Locations
Residents who live within the City of Freeport will find sand and sandbags located in the Tutty’s Crossing Parking Lot at Stephenson and Liberty Streets and the Freeport Park District maintenance building located in Krape Park to the north of the band shell.

Residents who live in Stephenson County can call 815-599-0344 for sandbags. Be prepared to advise how many bags will be needed.

Contact Points
Persons living within the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8222, the Freeport Police Department, with questions.

Persons living outside the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8252, the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Agency, or the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency at 815-599-0344 with questions. Those individuals with internet access can go to www.stcoema.org for further information.


STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- Below is an updated statement for April 20th, 2013 from Stephenson County regarding flooding.

Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency using data from the National Weather Service is making this flood statement.

FLOOD STATEMENT

Winslow

The Pecatonica River level at Martintown, WI is 14.31 feet as of 0930 Hours. The flood stage is 13.5 feet. The river is expected to crest near or at 15.0 feet on Sunday the 21st. We are not anticipating major road closures at this time in the village. This crest prediction takes into account anticipated rainfall for the next 24 hours.

Freeport
The Pecatonica River level at Freeport is at 13.79 feet at 0830 Hours. Flood stage is 13.00 feet. The National Weather Service forecast a crest of 14.00 for Monday the 22nd. Freeport Streets located off of IL Rt. 75 East from Henderson St to the east will be impacted with water. Some streets have been closed and persons living in the area, along with business in the area, should look at alternation routes for traveling to and from home or work. Flooding has occurred in the Third and McClurg Street area, Park Street, North Henderson Road, Hancock Street from E. Stephenson St south to the bridge will experience standing water and road closure, also the intersection of Van Buren and Lancaster Road, just north of Freeport.

County Roads
Most roads throughout the county, near rivers and streams will remain closed due to water on the roadways. Yellow Creek at Pearl City 8:30 a.m. this morning has receded and within its banks. Richland and Rock Run Creeks are also within their banks. Current road closures in Stephenson County can be found on the EMA website at www.stcoema.org.

Drivers should still be alert for water on the roadway near streams and low lying areas. Drivers are advised to turn around and …don’t drown. It only takes two feet of water to float most vehicles…including sport utility vehicles.

Sheltering
If evacuation becomes necessary due to rising flood waters, the Northwest Illinois Chapter will open an American Red Cross shelters in Freeport and Pearl City. Please listen to the local radio and television stations or check the local newspaper for shelter locations. Meals would be available at the shelter.

In the event of shelters opening, you should bring identification which shows your residence (or utility bill), any medicines needed by members of your family, feeding formulas for infants, a pillow and blanket for each member of your family, and a change of clothing. Family pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters due to Public Health requirements. Families with pets living in areas where evacuation may be needed should make prior arrangements to house their pets and not leave the pets behind in the house or on the property.

Impending Weather System
No major weather system is forecast for the region for next seven days.

The Weekend
The forecast for the weekend looks good for Saturday with the possibility of some light rain/snow on Sunday which should have little impact on the Pecatonica River or Yellow Creek river basins. A moderate rainfall event is forecast to occur Monday night with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half inch possible. This amount of precipitation will have little or no impact on the current river level.

Health Issues
Those people living in low lying areas or areas prone to flooding are urged to get their wells tested. High water tables could contaminate well water if there is poor well construction. Water test kits can be obtained from the Stephenson County Environmental Health Department located at 295 W. Lamm Road, Freeport. Persons coming in contact with the flood waters should clean their boots and clothing with disinfectant and use proper hygiene precautions before eating.

Sand Bag Locations
Residents who live within the City of Freeport will find sand and sandbags located in the Tutty’s Crossing Parking Lot at Stephenson and Liberty Streets and the Freeport Park District maintenance building located in Krape Park to the north of the band shell.

Residents who live in Stephenson County can call 815-599-0344 for sandbags. Be prepared to advise how many bags will be needed.

Contact Points
Persons living within the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8222, the Freeport Police Department, with questions.

Persons living outside the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8252, the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Agency, or the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency at 815-599-0344 with questions. Those individuals with internet access can go to www.stcoema.org for further information.

NO update to this Flood Statement will be issued this afternoon unless new and pertinent flooding information becomes available. An update will be forthcoming Sunday morning


STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- Below is a statement from Stephenson County regarding flooding.

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FLOOD STATEMENT

Winslow
The Pecatonica River level at Martintown, WI is 13.14 feet as of 0730 Hours. The flood stage is 13.5 feet. The river is expected to crest near or at 17.0 feet on Sunday the 21st.. We are not anticipating major road closures at this time in the village. This crest prediction takes into account anticipated rainfall for the next 24 hours. More or less rainfall can change the crest prediction.

Freeport
The Pecatonica River level at Freeport is at 13.33 feet, flood stage is 13.00 feet. At 0847 Hours the National Weather Service forecast a crest of 15.50 for Monday the 22nd. Freeport Streets located off of IL Rt. 75 East from Henderson St to the east will be impacted with water on the roadways. Some streets have been closed and persons living in the area, along with business in the area, should look at alternation routes for traveling to and from home or work. Flooding has occurred in the Third and McClurg Street area, Park Street due to heavy rain and no drainage, North Henderson Road, Hancock Street from E. Stephenson St south to the bridge have already or will experience standing water and road closure, also the intersection of Van Buren and Lancaster Road, just north of Freeport.

County Roads
Most roads throughout the county, near rivers and streams will remain closed due to water on the roadways. The heavy rains of this morning and anticipated rainfall this afternoon will cause feeder streams to overflow their banks. Yellow Creek at Pearl City was out of its banks at 4:00 a.m. this morning. At this time Pearl City Streets and IL Rt. 73 are not under water. Richland and Rock Run Creeks are bank full. Current road closures in Stephenson County are: Loren Road east of Route 73

Drivers should still be alert for water on the roadway near streams and low lying areas. Drivers are advised to turn around and …don’t drown. It only takes two feet of water to float most vehicles…including sport utility vehicles.

Sheltering
If evacuation becomes necessary due to rising flood waters, the Northwest Illinois Chapter will open an American Red Cross shelters in Pearl City and Freeport. Please listen to the local radio and television stations or check the local newspaper for shelter locations. Meals would be available at the shelter.

In the event of shelters opening, you should bring identification which shows your residence (or utility bill), any medicines needed by members of your family, feeding formulas for infants, a pillow and blanket for each member of your family, and a change of clothing. Family pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters due to Public Health requirements. Families with pets living in areas where evacuation may be needed should make prior arrangements to house their pets and not leave the pets behind in the house or on the property.

Impending Weather System
The latest information our office has from the National Weather Service is a forecast for new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible Thursday afternoon. Friday’s forecast is for a chance of rain and snow in the morning and light rain after 1p.m. and cooler temperatures with a low around 28 for Saturday morning.

The Weekend
The forecast for the weekend looks good for Saturday with the possibility of some rain on Sunday which should have little impact on the Pecatonica River or Yellow Creek river basins. A potentially significant rain system is possible by next Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Health Issues
Those people living in low lying areas or areas prone to flooding are urged to get their wells tested. High water tables could contaminate well water if there is poor well construction. Water test kits can be obtained from the Stephenson County Environmental Health Department located at 295 W. Lamm Road, Freeport. Persons coming in contact with the flood waters should clean their boots and clothing with disinfectant and use proper hygiene precautions before eating.

Sand Bag Locations
Residents who live within the City of Freeport will find sand and sandbags located in the Tutty’s Crossing Parking Lot at Stephenson and Liberty Streets and the Freeport Park District maintenance building located in Krape Park to the north of the band shell.

Residents who live in Stephenson County can call 815-599-0344 for sandbags. Be prepared to advise how many bags will be needed. At this time sand is available at the County’s old salt shed located on Lamm road between Malcomb Eaton and the Historical Museum.

Contact Points
Persons living within the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8222, the Freeport Police Department, with questions.

Persons living outside the City of Freeport should call 815-235-8252, the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Agency, or the Stephenson County Emergency Management Agency at 815-599-0344 with questions. Those individuals with internet access can go to www.stcoema.org for further information.


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