River update. I have been in contact with Scott Lincoln from the nws. I expressed concern with the future rain that is predicted for friday for our basin. He informed me that some of that rain is already plugged into the future line on the latham gage. They feel as long as the totals stay under 1″ for the area we should be ok. The levels may rise back to the level we were just at a couple of days ago. We have all been beat down from the last year of nonstop record rainfall totals. We need to keep our fingers crossed the rain event is on the light side for our basin.
Just a reminder, Town Hall Meeting on the Rock River Conditions will be Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 6:00pm at Harlem High School.
Main Speakers: NOAA, Sheriff’s Department, Rock River Home Owners Association, & ComEd
Thank you to the RRHA for funding the gauge with donations from the Rockford Community! It’s great to see the community support to make sure the dam is operating as it should be to help eliminate flood and make it safe for boaters!
Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas!
A number of residents are planning to go to the Village of Machesney Park to talk about the flooding this year. Meeting is Dec 3rd, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
ComED has started to bring equipment to fix two of the four gates. They will be replacing hydraulic with electric on these two gates.
Sheriff just called and the river is going back to closed to recreational boating. However if someone needs to take their boat to a boat ramp at no-wake level they are still legal.
About available boat ramps. River keys Riverview Ice House South ramp only. North ramp is Chained and the old Coast Guard building just north of Auburn Street on the east side. Harlem Sportscore and Martin Park are all unusable. There is also a boat ramp on the north side of Latham Bridge on the east side.
Looks like we may hit 2008 water levels.
The DNR has closed the river to all boat traffic. Please do not operate your boats at this time. The sheriff has fully opened three gates and the dam is at 87% drain capacity.