Rockford-Area Flooding Expected To Worsen Over The Next 24 Hours
Major flood levels for rivers in the 815 are expected within a day or two.
In Machesney Park, the Rock River is at around 11 feet and Tim Savage, the Machesney Park village administrator, told WREX they expect it to rise to nearly 13½ feet by early next week.
There’s an extra amount of frustration for those residents that are affected by the water in their yards, the water around their homes.
Machesney Park officials are advising residents to preemptively evacuate their homes if it's possible their home will be affected by rising waters. Savage expressed this concern while speaking to Rockford's NBC affiliate.
Be alert. Be safe. If you know you live in a home that’s going to be impacted, get out early.
Freeport is also no stranger to extreme flooding caused by the Pecatonica River. In fact, Freeport city officials are going door-to-door warning residents of potential rising water. The city's manager, Lowell Crowe, told WREX he hasn't lived in Freeport for more than two years and has already experienced problematic flooding.
I’ve been here 22 months and this is our fourth major flooding within that 22 month period.
WREX predicts the Rock River in Machesney Park will reach major flood stage "between Sunday and Tuesday" with the Rock River in Byron to follow shortly thereafter. The Shirland area near Pecatonica River will likely experience flooding. Specific areas that are all but guaranteed to flood include Blackhawk Island, Edgemere Terrace, Shore Drive, and Ventura Boulevard.
Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has announced sandbag pickup locations for all residents.
- Former Machesney Park Mall southwest lot-8702 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park
- New Milford Fire Station-2177 Will James Rd., New Milford
- Roscoe Public Works, 5402 Swanson Road, Roscoe