Flooding leads to disaster declaration in Stephenson County

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STEPHENSON COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Flooding leads to a disaster declaration in Stephenson County.

The decision comes after a week of rain, snowmelt and runoff in Stephenson County. The declaration allows the county to acquire additional emergency resources to assist flooding victims as needed.

According to the county, the Pecatonica River in Freeport crested at 17.26 feet on Monday and does not expect to drop below flood stage until Friday. This marks the ninth-highest crest on record for the Pecatonica River at Freeport, according to the National Weather Service.

Chairperson William Hadley signed the declaration after a recommendation from Stephenson County Emergency Management Director, Robert Baker. The declaration was sent to the Illinois
Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Operations Center.

Flooding has caused several road closures​ in Stephenson County. A shelter has also been set up at Highland Community College at 2998 W Pearl City Rd.