Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Dam Flood Video, Possible Dam Problems?




Local drone 107 pilot Dj Jkey took his drone up for a flight today to check out the Rockford Dam (Fordam Dam) in downtown Rockford.

He said he read online at http://www.brokendamrockford.com/ About how poor of the condition the dam was in and wanted to get drone footage to share with everybody.  (Scroll Down To Watch The Video) 


According to that website it shows several problems with the dam.
http://www.brokendamrockford.com/

Listed below are some of the current problems with the Dam:

  1. High and low water alarms have not worked for years
  2. The ability to automatically open and close the gates from Joliet has not worked for a decade. This mean that Com-Ed must send an Operator out to manually operate the gates as needed
  3. The Control Room at the Dam has press-on labels saying what to add or subtract from the digital displays to make the number match.
  4. Gate #1 (gate closest to the West bank) is no longer working. The gate would not stay up due to bad hydraulics and in the fall of 2016 Com-Ed brought in a Contractor to manually raise the gate ½ open. They also had to install chains to keep the gate in this position. During the Flood of 2017, this meant that 50% of the water this gate was meant to discharge was not possible. After the Flood event was past Gate #1 was passing excessive water causing low water condition and watercraft being damaged by increased amounts of Sand Bars.
  5. The spill way of the Dam has only been cleared of trees and debris once in the last 10 years. Debris was piled up so much that it was visible on Google Maps Satellite!
  6. Com-Ed is responsible for up keep and repairs to the Dam as long as they own it according to their permit.

The Rock River is a valuable natural resource to the Rockford region.  Towns such as Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Rockton enjoy the river’s beauty as well as recreation it provides.  This not only brings money into the region but also increases home values.  If the river heights are not managed in a good way, there are many results that hurts our community such as:

  • Flooded parks reduces revenue with cancelled sporting events
  • Lost hotel and restaurant revenue due to cancelled events
  • Relocation of families due to homes being flooded
  • Loss of property values with loss in tax revenue for cities and state
  • Health issues with floods affecting septic systems and farm lands with fertilizers
  • Debris in the river affecting boating, swimming, and docks
  • Damage to personal property causing increases in Insurance claims
  • and may more


We reached out to Com Ed for a statement and have yet to hear back from them. We will update this if they provide us with any information.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: NWS Releases Information On The Latest River Levels And Flood Impacts





Rock River At Latham Park
Flood Stage: 9 Feet,    Latest Stage: 14.37


The Flood Warning continues for
The Rock River at Rockford (Auburn St), or from Shorewood Park in
Loves Park downstream to confluence with Kishwaukee River.
* until further notice.
* At 1000 AM Sunday the stage was 7.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 6.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Record flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 7.8 feet by
Wednesday afternoon then begin falling.
* Impact…At 7.5 feet…Parking lots are threatened along Madison
Street in Rockford. Morgan Street and Nelson Boulevard are
threatened in Rockford


The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Illinois

Pecatonica River near Shirland affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Rockton affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Latham Park affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Rockford (Auburn St) affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Byron affecting Ogle County
Rock River at Dixon affecting Lee County

The following forecasts are based on observed precipitation as well
as forecast precipitation 24-48 hours into the future.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Safety message…If you encounter a flooded roadway…turn around and
find an alternate route.


Natasha Bronson: “Friday at 4 p.m vs Saturday at 4 p.m. in our driveway … Machesney Park.”

The Flood Warning continues for
The Rock River at Latham Park, or from Swanson Road in Roscoe
downstream to Shorewood Park in Loves Park.
* until further notice.
* At 930 AM Sunday the stage was 14.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 9.0 feet.
* Major flooding is occurring and Record flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 14.5 feet by
early Tuesday morning then begin falling.
* Impact…At 14.5 feet…Numerous residences are threatened along
Queen Oaks Drive in Machesney Park.


The Flood Warning continues for
The Pecatonica River near Shirland, or from Winnebago County line
downstream to confluence with the Rock River.
* until further notice.
* At 1000 AM Sunday the stage was 16.4 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Major flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 16.8 feet by
Monday afternoon then begin falling.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Rock River at Rockton, or from Prairie Hill Road downstream to
Swanson Road in Roscoe.
* until further notice.
* At 930 AM Sunday the stage was 14.0 feet.
* Flood stage is 10.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 14.6 feet by
Tuesday afternoon then begin falling.
* Impact…At 15.0 feet…Hawick Street threatened near Settlers Park
in Rockton. Roscoe Road threatened west of Roscoe.


Flood Impacts

20.5 feet
Bauer Parkway is threatened in Machesney Park. Riverside Boulevard is threatened in Loves Park.
18
Ralston Road/Latham Road is threatened near the river in Machesney Park. Widespread inundation of structures and roadways reaches up to half mile from the river in Machesney Park.
16.5
Gleasman Road is threatened east of Old River Road north of Machesney Park. Evelyn Avenue and Forest Grove Street are threatened in Loves Park.
16
Numerous structures are threatened along Park Ridge Road in Loves Park.
15.5
Park Ridge Road is threatened in Loves Park.
14.5 feet
Numerous residences are threatened along Queen Oaks Drive in Machesney Park.
13.5
Numerous residences are threatened along Ritter Drive, along Ventura Boulevard north of Ralston Road, and along Shore Drive south of Bauer Parkway in Machesney Park. Residences are threatened along Browns Beach Road in north Rockford. Low-lying structures are threatened along Park Ridge Road in Loves Park.
13
Ventura Boulevard is threatened north of Ralston Road in Machesney Park.
12.5
Residences threatened along Harbor Oaks Drive north of Machesney Park. Numerous residences are threatened near the river and Shore Drive. Low-lying sections of Rockford Country Club are inundated.
12
Low-lying sections of Shorewood Park are inundated in Loves Park.
11.5
Queen Oaks Drive is threatened in Machesney Park. Lower-level of elevated structures threatened along Harbor Lights Court west of Machesney Park. Ritter Drive is threatened north of Baldwin Drive in Machesney Park.
11
Low-lying sections of Harbor Oaks Drive are threatened in north Machesney Park. Low-lying residences are threatened along Queen Oaks Drive in Machesney Park. Browns Beach Road is threatened in north Rockford. Lower parking lot of Sportscore One is inundated in north Rockford.
10.5
Low-lying sections of Shore Drive are threatened between Wilson Avenue and Park Road in Machesney Park. Water overflows low-lying river banks along East Drive in Loves Park. Low-lying areas of Martin Memorial Park are inundated.
10
Property and trails near the boat ramp at Bauer Parkway are threatened. Illinois DNR considers closure of the Rock River.
9.5
Low-lying areas of Sportscore One are inundated in north Rockford.
9
Boathouses threatened along the river in Machesney Park.
8
Water overflows low-lying river banks along Baldwin Drive and North Pier Drive in Machesney Park. Winnebago County considers “no wake” order for the Rock River.
7.5
Low-lying agricultural land is inundated in north Machesney Park.
7
Water overflows low-lying river banks along Ventura Boulevard in Machesney Park.


Rock River At Rockford (Fordam Dam)

Flood Stage: 4 Feet, Latest Stage: 3.81





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Rockford Scanner™: Water Rescue From That Rapidly Rising River Waters




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.

Still developing

As you know they have opened up the Fordham Dam in Rockford, so all that water is rushing down river near this location.





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Rockford Scanner™: Flooding in Winnebago County




Email us your flooding photos and videos to us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com 

Update: They have opened up the Fordam Dam in Rockford. It has been wide open for the last 48 hours. 

Forecast flooding Changed from Moderate to Major severity for the
following rivers in Illinois…

Pecatonica River near Shirland affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Latham Park affecting Winnebago County

The following forecasts are based on observed precipitation as well
as forecast precipitation 24-48 hours into the future.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Safety message…If you encounter a flooded roadway…turn around and
find an alternate route.

Additional information can be found at weather.gov/chicago.

ILC201-150353-
/O.CON.KLOT.FL.W.0034.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/SIRI2.3.RS.190312T2300Z.190317T0600Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
1054 AM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

…Forecast flooding increased from Moderate to Major severity…
The Flood Warning continues for
The Pecatonica River near Shirland, or from Winnebago County line
downstream to confluence with the Rock River.
* until further notice.
* At 1000 AM Thursday the stage was 14.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to around 15.5 feet by
early Sunday morning then begin falling.
* Impact…At 15.7 feet…The Shirland Harrison road floods

Photos by the WCSO & Monique Delph





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Rockford Scanner™: Flooding Issues in Rockford





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RS Source sent us the following in regards to flooding in Rockford .

” Alida street behind the the old Schnucks on Rockton. My car was submerged in the middle and I was stranded for an hour. Tow truck had to come and get me out. Very dangerous location it’s deeper than what it appears because of the big pot holes under the water.  ”


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Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Watch

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Chicago IL  238 PM CDT Sun Sep 2 2018

…Thunderstorms This Evening and Tonight…

.Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon
and expand in coverage across far northern Illinois this evening.
A very moist airmass will allow for efficient and heavy rainfall
rates. Thunderstorms may repeatedly move across some areas, many
of which saw very heavy rainfall last night, resulting in flash
flooding.

Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-
Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan,
and Oregon
238 PM CDT Sun Sep 2 2018

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING…

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Illinois and
northeast Illinois, including the following areas, in north
central Illinois, Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago. In northeast
Illinois, Lake IL and McHenry.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Monday morning

* Repeated rounds of thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall
may result in flash flooding.

* Expect rises on area rivers and streams. Flooding of low lying
areas and roadside ditches is possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.








Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Watch

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Chicago IL
804 PM CDT Tue Aug 28 2018

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT WEDNESDAY…

Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-Lee-DeKalb-Kane-DuPage-Cook-
La Salle-Kendall-Grundy-Will-Lake IN-
Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan,
Oregon, Dixon, DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Chicago, Ottawa,
Oswego, Morris, Joliet, and Gary
804 PM CDT Tue Aug 28 2018

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT WEDNESDAY…

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and northwest
Indiana, including the following areas, in Illinois, Boone,
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lake
IL, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will, and Winnebago. In northwest
Indiana, Lake IN.

* Until 7 AM CDT Wednesday

* Periods of heavy rain associated with strong thunderstorms are
expected overnight tonight. Given recent rainfall, anticipated
high rainfall rates and high soil moisture, the thunderstorms
may produce localized flash flooding.

* Rivers and streams in urbanized areas may see rapid rises as
the heavy rainfall quickly goes into runoff.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.








Rockford Scanner™: House Flooded In Loves Park. House Is Now Uninhabitable



 

 

 

Earlier today the Loves Park Fire Department, COMED, NICOR were all dispatched for a flooded residence in Loves Park. 

It happened at an address on Trent ln in Loves Park

Reports of a house that has flooded near Trent lane. 

The house is uninhabitable and the residents had to evacuate. 

Unknown on the cause of the flooding at the time of writing this. 

No other information at this time

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Anderson Japanese Gardens Storm Damage Restoration

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Anderson Japanese Gardens is asking for the public’s help in their effort to restore and repair up to $16,100 in damages they sustained from the recent heavy rains and flooding. They are asking for donations to help the cost for repairs as everything is funded through donations as a not-for-profit corporation.

Below is a snippet from their page and a link to go to for donations:

The Garden sustained significant damage as a result of the recent heavy rain events.  The creek rose to unprecedented levels and runoff water from neighboring streets rushed through the heart of the Garden.

The results were washed-out pathways, large deposits of sand, stone and debris throughout the Garden, shorted-out electrical systems, the loss of a 160 year old oak tree and two electric guest transportation carts under three feet of water.

 

What We Need

  • Replace two electric guest transportation carts – $10,000
  • GFI electrical system replacement – $1,900
  • Heavy Equipment & Operator – $2,400
  • Professional Tree Service – $2,000
  • Material to replace washed-out path network – $1,600

TOTAL NEED = $16,100

Link: https://andersongardens.org/storm-damage-restoration-appeal

 



Rockford Scanner™: Major Flooding In Rockford, Scanner Audio & Photos And Videos From The Flooding




 



Scanner Audio Of The Rockford Fire Department During The Major Flooding in Rockford, IL June 18th 2018

I want to first begin this with thanking the first responders.  Also the citizens who also risked their lives to save others that were trapped in the flooded waters in Winnebago County.

As you know some storms rolled through the area of Winnebago County on Monday June 18th 2018.  The area received up to 5 inches of rainfall in some areas. Most ares received around 2.5 inches in a short amount of time. 

This caused the NWS to issue a Flash Flood Warning for Winnebago County

Mercy Health Hospital had approx. 5 feet of water in the lowest level. And their phones went down. They went of full diversion. Unknown on injuries. Officials have confirmed this. 

Numerous water rescues were performed by emergency personnel and citizens.

Several vehicles were under water and people stranded in the flooded waters, all over the city.

Neighborhoods were under water near Charles st.

Citizens made a daring rescue to save the life of a gentleman, in the Schnucks on Charles st.

Reports of a vehicle that rolled over and possibly had juveniles in it, near the same location.
Unknown if it was the same vehicle, or two separate water rescue incidents. Unknown on injuries.

We have heard foundations of some residences have collapsed, near Welty ave.

You can hear the RFD dispatcher doing an amazing job at keeping their cool, while being overwhelmed with numerous calls. They did a professional job at keeping their cool and dispatched units where they were needed.

 Police had officers on foot going house to house and making sure everyone was OK.

Rockford Fire Department had the banana boat dispatched. Also rescue divers. Several investigators.

Emergency personnel did an amazing job at rescuing those people trapped in the flooded waters.




 

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flood Warning for…
Northern Ogle County in north central Illinois…
Winnebago County in north central Illinois…
Boone County in north central Illinois…

* Until noon CDT Tuesday

* At 1158 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms continuing
to produce rainfall across portions of the area. Rainfall amounts
of 3 to 5 inches have fallen across the area this evening. Runoff
from this activity will continue to result in flooding, especially
in and around the Rockford area through the night. Additional
isolated rainfall amounts of an inch or two are possible across
portions of the warned area overnight.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Rockford, Belvidere, Loves Park, Machesney Park, South Beloit,
Rockton, Rockford Airport, Roscoe, Poplar Grove, Byron, Cherry
Valley, Winnebago, Pecatonica, Forreston, Durand, Capron, Stillman
Valley, Timberlane, Caledonia and Lake Summerset.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.