It's been a wet week in and around the Stateline, to say the least! Since Sunday, 5.74" of rain has fallen officially at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport, and many locations have undoubtedly recorded more! For the month, Rockford's rainfall tally is already up to a whopping 6.80", with more than half the month still ahead of us! Even if we went the rest of the month without a single drop of rain, September, 2019 would go in the books as the 14th wettest on record since 1906. Suffice it to say, a top ten finish is all but certain.
For the year, our precipitation tally is closing in on 40 inches! Should we go the rest of the year without a drop of rainfall, 2019 would still end up featuring a precipitation surplus!
The recent deluges have certainly left quite an impact on area rivers, which have swollen mightily in recent days. As of Friday evening, the Rock River had flooded its banks in both Machesney Park and Byron, and was nearing flood stage in Rockton and Dixon. Elsewhere, minor flooding was reported along the Pecatonica River in Shirland and Freeport, as well as along the Kishwaukee River near Cherry Valley. Upstream, in Belvidere, the Kishwaukee River was set to remain mere inches below flood stage.
The good news is that some of the rivers are already beginning to recede as of Friday Evening. Those rivers not yet receding are forecast to begin doing so as early as Saturday, with most falling below flood stage by early next week.