We will be watching for the possibility of river flooding this weekend. It appears the Kishwaukee River will need to contain the most water as the heaviest rain has come down southeast of the Rockford area. General 2-5 inch totals will cause at least a 3-5 foot rise in the river by this weekend. While the National Weather Service is forecasting the Kishwaukee to rise to “near flood stage,” we believe at least for the Kishwaukee there will be minor flooding. The Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers have wider flood plains in most areas so we expect these rivers to near flood stage by Saturday or Sunday.
If you were planning a kayaking, canoeing, or tubing trip for any of the aforementioned waterways this weekend, please reschedule those plans! We have yet to have a death on our area rivers this season. Play it safe and head to Pierce Lake instead.
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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on August 27, 2009