Winnebago, Stephenson counties prep for flooding

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STATELINE (WIFR) -- Updated: March 15, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

Residents in Winnebago County can now pick up sandbags at multiple locations to prepare for flooding.

You can now pick up sand and sandbags at these locations:

-Roscoe Public Works: 5402 Swanson Road, Roscoe, IL
-Former Machesney Park Mall southwest lot: 8702 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL
-New Milford Fire Station: 2177 Will James Rd., New Milford, IL

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the Rock River at Latham is at 13.2 feet with predictions to rise above 14 feet before cresting early next week.

The sheriff's office says flooding is most likely to affect homes along: Edgemere Terrace; Ventura Boulevard; Shore Drive; and Blackhawk Island.

A "no wake zone" remains in effect for the entire Rock River in Winnebago County. To learn more about developments and preparations for flooding in Winnebago County, visit the Winnebago County Sheriff's website​.


Published: March 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Stephenson County issued a flood warning Wednesday afternoon, while Machesney Park has also encouraged residents to prepare for flooding along Rock River.

According to Stephenson County, the Pecatonica River in Freeport reached a minor flood stage Wednesday morning at 13 feet. The National Weather Service predicts the river could crest at 15.8 feet by Monday just below the major flood stage.

In Machesney Park, officials expect the Rock River to crest at 13.4 feet by Tuesday, which is also above minor flood stage. As of Wednesday, the river level at the Latham gauge on Ralston Road is at 9.34 feet.

The village encourages residents in homes susceptible to flooding to make plans for loss of vehicular access, utility service, and possible evacuation if necessary.

Stateline residents are encouraged to declutter drains and gutters, and gather basic supplies for all family members and pets.

Sandbags are available at the following locations:

Krape Park maintenance building, 1799 Park Blvd.
St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church at 607 East Stephenson St.
Old fire station at 1819 South West Ave / IL 26 in Freeport.
Former Machesney Park Mall at 8702 N. 2nd Street.

Experts say flooding can be caused by a combination of frozen ground conditions, forecasted rainfall, snowmelt and runoff.