Machesney Park preps for possible flooding this weekend

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The village of Machesney Park advises residents living along the Rock River in low-lying areas to prepare for flooding as soon as this weekend.

The Rock River is now expected to reach a moderate flood stage in Machesney Park by Saturday. With current forecast projections, the river is expected to rise to 12 feet on Saturday, Oct. 5and crest at 12.1 feet on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Machesney Park says water may begin filling in houses around 11 feet. The river level at the Latham gauge on Ralston Road is 11.15 feet as of Thursday morning.

Residents are asked to plan ahead for car access, utility service and possible evacuation if needed.

Sandbagging operations are currently available at the southwest corner of the former Machesney Park Mall located at 8702 N. Second Street.

To monitor river levels through the National Weather Service, click here.