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Flooding concerns get Winnebago County administrators ready

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Rockford area homeowners, finally drying out after April's flooding might be nervous by recent heavy rain.

Winnebago County Emergency Services administrators say we're still a couple feet away from flood stages for most rivers.  

"Right now it's a matter of watching what's going on."

Winnebago County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Dennis Lolli keeps a watchful eye on weather radars both from local meteorologists and the National Weather Service.

"This is what they project, what about a week's worth they've been working on."

The county's three main bodies of water, the Pecatonica, Kishwaukee and Rock rivers are a couple feet away from flood stage.

"It's not something of a case where the river's going to come up in five seconds," said Lolli.

Maybe not rivers, but area creeks and streams can rise quickly creating flash flood safety hazards.  13 Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen says flash floods don't have to be deadly, but can be.

"Thunderstorms are going to produce a lot of heavy rain.  There's a lot of water vapor that's available in the atmosphere to create heavy thunderstorms and so any one of these could produce a couple inches of rain in a short amount of time and that's whats going to cause the potential for some problems," said Eric.  "And what we need to do is make sure people know before they get out in the morning what it's going to be like for their morning commutes."

Now the sheriff's office is getting involved due to rising levels of the Rock River.  A "no wake zone" is effective immediately on the Rock.

The river is predicted to be over 11-feet by Saturday.  That's around a foot over flood stage.  For current river conditions, you can call the sheriff's office at (815) 316-8888.

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