Communities Confront Another Round of Flooding

LOVES PARK, Ill.--Road closures remain in place across Northern Winnebago County due to high standing water


"At the rate the creek is dropping, I imagine this road is going to be closed overnight yet," said Kenneth Morse, the South Beloit Fire Chief in reference to the closure on Gardner Street between Park Avenue and Illinois 251.


Morse said there hasn't been any flooding on this stretch of roadway in 40 years, the last time it flooded, Morse had been a firefighter for just a month.


"That flooding was much more substantial than this," Morse said of the 1973 flood. "From this entire area over to Highway 2 and (then) south about six blocks was all under about four feet of water."


The water on Gardner Street was as much as 18 inches deep and started bubbling from storm drains late Wednesday afternoon. After all the rain early in the morning, Turtle Creek was at full capacity and the runoff simply had nowhere to go. The good news is that it's not in very many basements nearby.


"They're handling (very minor flooding) with sump pumps and nobody has had to leave their home at this time," said Morse.

In Roscoe, water was up to the foundations on homes. While Martin Park was half full, Loves Park Fire Chief Phil Foley says his community was spared the worst of it.


"We kept going around to the places that normally flood from the river and everybody's looking pretty good right now...provided no rain."

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