From the Journal Standard- Full Article here
March 16, 2019
By: Ken DeCoster
FREEPORT — Major flooding concerns along the east bank of the Pecatonica River prompted city officials to go door to door in the area Saturday evening asking residents if they wished to evacuate their homes.
“We’ve had four families come out so far and we’ve had 22 families who have elected to remain,” Freeport City Manager Lowell Crow said. “We’ve got firefighters, police and public works employees going door to door in an area that’s probably two to three square miles.”
The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois has opened a shelter at Highland Community College’s Student Conference Center at 2998 W. Pearl City Road to help people who are affected by flooding.
While no flood-related injuries have been reported, Crow urged residents to exercise caution.
“We have people standing by to help,” he said. “We expect the river to possibly rise to a record level or at least to a level we haven’t seen in 50 years.”
The Pecatonica River in Freeport inched closer to major flood stage at 16 feet Saturday evening. The National Weather Service predicts the river will rise another foot by Monday evening or early Tuesday.
The Pecatonica River near Shirland has reached major flood stage and is expected to rise another foot before cresting Monday or Tuesday.
Numerous streets in Freeport and Stephenson County are closed because of flooding, Stephenson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Backus said.
“People are obeying the barricades,” Backus said. “We haven’t had to do any rescues that I’m aware of.”
An all-too-familiar scene is playing out yet again along the Rock River north of Rockford.
Residents living on the banks of the swollen river in Machesney Park and Rockton are also dealing with major flooding.
“It’s the worst it’s been since 2008 when the dam in Delavan broke,” said Rick McCarthy, owner of three homes in the 7900 block of Shore Drive in Machesney Park. “It’s the river. I mean you can’t live anywhere else and go fishing in your backyard. It’s a way of life.”
According to the National Weather Service, the Rock River at Latham Park in Machesney Park reached 13.92 feet as of Saturday afternoon, exceeding major flood stage. The river is expected to crest at a record 14.4 feet early Tuesday morning.
Machesney Park resident John Sedlak’s home along Shore Drive is relatively unscathed for now.
“This is as high as we’ve ever seen it,” Sedlak said. “It’s creeping up on our yard. We’ve been fortunate that it’s not actually getting into our house like I’m sure some of my neighbors are suffering through.”
Harry Buck has lived on the river at 7904 Shore Drive since 2007. His backyard is underwater.
“We’re doing all right,” Buck said. “We get through it. We just pull everything back and put everything up. Do what we got to do.”
The Rock River is expected to reach near record levels in Rockton on Monday.
Floodwaters have overtaken much of Blackhawk Park and Marinelli Field in southeast Rockford.
The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois opened a shelter Friday night at Brooke Road United Methodist Church.
As of Saturday afternoon, a woman displaced from her home on Blackhawk Island was the only person taking refuge in the shelter.
Ken DeCoster: 815-987-1391; firstname.lastname@example.org; @DeCosterKen
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– Cockrell Road South of Cedarville Road
– Maize Road East of Farwell Bridge Road
– Beaver Road between Scheider Road and Red Oak Road
– Richland Road between Red Oak Road and Scheider Road
– Irish Grove Road between Brick School Road and Winneshiek Road
– Goeke Road between Cedarville Road and Brick School Road
– Maize Road between Kinney Road and Goeke Road
– Brick School Road between Bouray Road and Farwell Bridge Road
– Kinney Road between Brick School Road and Winneshiek Road
– Van Buren Road off of Route 26
– Lancaster Road
– Winneshiek Road between Cockrell Road and Harlem Center Road
– Cockrell Road from Cedarville Road to Scioto Mills Road
– Iris Hill Road from Winneshiek Road to Cedarville Road
– North Fawver Road at East Fawver Road
– Baker Road at Kerlin Road
– River Road from Farwell Bridge Road to Kinney Road
– River Road from Rock City to Shockey Road
– Route 75 coming into Freeport onto Stephenson Street
– Bridge St (Winslow Rd) and Route 73 in downtown Winslow have water over both roadways and is closed
– Cherry Hill Road West of the Village of Ridott
– Old Mill Road from McConnell to St. James Road
– Stateline Road East of N/E Winslow Road
– Stubbe Road east of Route 73 to mile south of Nora Road
– McConnell Road from Flansburg Road to Orangeville Road
– Cedarville Road from Scioto Mills Road to Flansburg Road
– Bolen Road between Route 20 and Ridott Road
– Becker School Road between Bolton Road and Hamm Road
– Bower Road between Sabin Church Road and Loran Road
– Mill Grove Road Sabin Church Road and Loran Road
– Loran Road between Mill Grove Road and Route 73
– Schuman Road between Loran Road and Block Road
City of Freeport:
-Stephenson Street, east of Honeywell
-Harrison Road, Illinois 75 to Hartlien Road near Harrison in Winnebago County
-Tower Road, Illinois 75 to Tower Road near Freeport in Stephenson County. (Detour set up over US-20 W to Illinois 26 S)
-Winslow Road, Illinois 73 at Bridge Street in Winslow in Stephenson County.