Pecatonica River in Winnebago County closed due to flooding concerns

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed the Pecatonica River in Winnebago County until further notice amid reports that it is expected to crest early next week.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department is monitoring the levels of the river, as well as the Rock and Kishwaukee Rivers, and other creeks and streams throughout the county. Sandbagging operations are set up at the Machesney Park Town Center at 8750 North 2nd Street.

Although the Rock River remains open, it is under a no-wake.

The Pecatonica River is forecast to crest at 14.8 feet on Tuesday, October 9. The Rock River is forecast to crest at 12.5 feet in Rockton and 12.5 feet at Latham Park on Tuesday as well. Flood stage in those areas is 10 feet.

Anyone with concerns about water levels is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 815-319-6300.

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