Rivers Begin to Slowly Recede, but Major Flooding Continues

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The Rock and Pecatonica rivers were pushed into major flood stage over the weekend causing significant flooding across Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

Residents along the Rock River in, and around, Rockford haven’t experienced flooding of this magnitude since June 2008, but it’s been even longer for those living along the Pecatonica River in Stephenson and northern Winnebago counties.  The town of Winslow became inundated with water forcing many residents to evacuate their homes Sunday and Monday.  McConnell has also dealt with flooding, as well as much of the east side of Freeport.  Taylor Park Elementary School remains closed due to ongoing flooding.

Many points along the Rock and Pecatonica rivers have either crested, or are in the process of cresting as of Monday afternoon.  Some of the water has already receded since Monday morning, but steady water levels are expected through the middle to end of the week.

Dry weather conditions expected across the Midwest will help with the receding waters, but it’s going to take some time before rivers fall below flood stage.  A warm up across the Midwest late this week and weekend will allow the snow melt to continue to the north across Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Iowa.  This could mean additional flooding concerns heading into the beginning and middle of April.

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