Area prepares for severe flooding, leaders ask residents to also take precautions

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The water continues to rise on rivers throughout our region. It’s a problem some leaders say their areas are familiar with.

“There’s an extra amount of frustration for those residents that are affected by the water in their yards, the water around their homes,” Tim Savage, Machesney Park village administrator says.

Machesney Park leaders say it’s going to get worse.

Right now, the village says the river is sitting just above 11 feet and it expects it to rise to nearly 13 and half feet by Monday. That’s why it says it is doing everything from warning residents to preparing sandbags before the water rises.

“Be alert. Be safe,” Savage says. “If you know you live in a home that’s going to be impacted, get out early. ”

Almost an hour down the road to Freeport, leaders are getting ready to handle the same problem. Only here, it’s with the Pecatonica River.

“I’ve been here 22 months and this is our fourth major flooding within that 22 month period,” Lowell Crow, the city manager for Freeport says.

Crow says his staff is busy going to door to door warning neighbors about the rising water.

Part of that is giving them information about where to get sand and who to call when the water gets too high.

But — crow says some of that preparation also falls on to you.

“Make sure their homes are sand bagged business are sand bagged to prevent the water from following in,” Crow says. “Understand that you need to have long term food, medicine.”

The Rock River in Machesney Park is expected to reach major flood stage between Sunday and Tuesday. That’s when the Rock River in Byron will reach several inches above flood stage.

The Pecatonica River near Shirland will reach major flood stage.

Andi TenBarge

Andi TenBarge


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