Around 6 pm tonight, emergency personnel were evacuating an elderly couple from the rapidly rising waters of the Rock River. An elderly couple said they needed to be rescued on Shore Drive in Machesney Park.
Sources said the river is rapidly rising in this area.
Rockford Police are asking for the public to help locate a man charged with aggravated battery to a child. They have charged 36 year old Jerry Coffee with Aggravated Battery To A Child, he is wanted on a $100,000 bond. He is currently still at large at the time of writing this.
UPDATE: They have toned out a mutual aid around 2 pm today, for local fire departments to respond with hard bottom and soft bottom boats to search for victims on Blackhawk Island. They are evacuating the Blackhawk island. Some are refusing to leave.
Sources are reporting a water rescue in Rockford.
It happened around 8 am this morning on the Blackhawk Island.
Reports of at least one victim (possibly more) that are stranded.
Blackhawk Fire Dept. and New Milford Fire Dept. are en route. They are staging at S Main and Shore.
Sounds like the river is flooded pretty bad down in that area and is quickly rising.
They have asked for the rapid response vehicle to the scene.
As you know they have opened up the Fordham Dam in Rockford, so all that water is rushing down river near this location.