The Sheriff has issued a NO WAKE for the Rock River due to water height and rain forcasts.
RIVER UPDATE. Mother nature gave us all some welcome relief by not dumping on our basin as much rain as originally thought. Yes the sump pumps are running but the river is a far cry from this time last year. As we all struggle with what the world is dumping on us let us hope it will be over by the time summer gets here. The dam is still running at a proactive level of between 1.5/1.8 as set in the operations plan. We will get through this in time and I wish all fellow river residents prayers with your day to day challenges during these uncertain times.
Looks like we received less rain in the basin than was projected. Gages have started to flat line which is good news for residents sump pumps. There is more rain in the forecast this week unfortunately. As with all rain events if it stays more south we will see less of a rise here. Sheriff Caruana monitors the dam on a daily basis and will have com-ed go back out when needed for necessary adjustments. Thank you Com-ed and Sheriff Caruana for your non stop attention to area residents river concerns. The vast majority of us approve of your efforts. Keep up the great work.
Did a check of area dams. Our dam is at 70% open as of 10:00. The beloit dam is at 30% open at 10:00. The reason we are open more is due to the fact of the pec. and sugar rivers being out of their banks. The kish. river is giving its flow to byron. All dams in the country open as needed as the flow rates increase and close as the flow decreases. We should not send excessive water to ogle county and rock county should not send excessive water to us. Everyone works together to the benefit of all. The bottom line is mother nature is in charge of the show and we all just need to be patient. Sun,wind and warm temps. are our only hope for a speedy recovery.
From Steve Lucas:
Thank you Sheriff Caruana and com-ed for continuing to monitor our river levels and make the necessary gate adjustments as needed for winnebago county as was done this morning. Yes there is a select few residents that have distressed flood plane property that will always complain but the vast majority of us are great full for your nonstop efforts. Local fire depts. are downtown this morning doing spring training exercises to get ready to assist should the need arise this summer for their assistance. Water levels are not out of the normal at the present time as a handful of complaining residents are trying to tell us. You would think that after the educational town hall meeting the NWS held a year ago people would start to except how rivers work when there is to much ground water present. There is no way to dictate common sense and some people just want to spend every waking minute complaining about everything. For the tens of thousands of residents that use our river each summer spring fever is here and the days of being out on our beautiful river are inching closer to reality
Based on current conditions, the risk of flooding is near average to above average. The greatest risk of flooding is in the Rock and Fox River basins.
The National Weather Service (NWS), IL, office is looking for individuals that live or work along area rivers to become part of our Volunteer River Ice Spotter Network. River ice spotters share important information such as extent of ice cover, ice cover trends, and location of ice jams which is very important for issuing timely warnings.