Update from Karissa Gelafio “It was a sailboat that got flipped over by the high gusts that was blowing out in the middle of the lake. He got out fine by the fire Dept, he wasn’t wearing his life vest when he launched. He had it with him however. It got taken care of fine and everyone is safe.”
Sources are reporting a boat has capsized around 3:30 pm today.
It happened at Pierce Lake at Rock Cut State Park.
A paddle boat has capsized in the middle of Pierce Lake and the occupants are in the water.
Sources are reporting a possible water main break in Loves Park.
It happened in the area of Windsor and N Alpine.
Reports of the road has caved in and there is a large water puddle.
Emergency personnel were on scene and blocking traffic.
Update from Rob Falzone: ” It’s on Alpine and Coronet North bound lane. They put a patch in the road a few weeks back. The pavement has been sinking ever since. A few days ago they slapped some more blacktop on it to fix the problem. Today it sunk again. The road is only 2 years old, hard to believe it’s a water main break.”
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.
Listed below are some of the current problems with the Dam:
High and low water alarms have not worked for years
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.