On March 21, 2019 the Winnebago County emergency operations center is releasing images and video of areas impacted where the severe flooding occurred near the Rock River, the Pecatonica River, in the Sugar River.
These images will help show the extent of the flooding and the impact on our community. This is a difficult time for our community and the Winnebago County emergency operations center recognizes the stress on residents waiting for the water to recede.
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.
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.
Safety message…If you encounter a flooded roadway…turn around and
find an alternate route.
Additional information can be found at weather.gov/chicago.
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
MISSING: Black with mottled chest and paws wearing a red collar. Her name is Chloe and is a sweet old dog. Last seen in the 300 block of River Lane and North Second Loves Park! If found Ernie.McKee@altertrading.com
Update: Vehicle drove off into the Rock River near the 200 block of Prairie st around 10 pm on Christmas night. One person was reported trapped inside the vehicle, but the Rockford Fire Department was able to rescue the victim.
Sources reporting a possible water rescue on the Rock River approx. 12:30 am.
Source said: “There are emergency vehicles by the icehouse on the Rock River. There’s an emergency boat searching for something in the water right around there.”‘
Possible vehicle in the water
Note: The emergency vehicle boat launch is located near the Ice House on N Madison. They use this location to launch their emergency boats into the Rock River.
At the time of writing this, it is not yet known what happened.