Three of five Sauk Valley counties have been designated state disaster areas after a week of torrential rains and widespread flooding left many towns soaked.
Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday declared 38 counties – including Whiteside, Carroll and Bureau counties – as state disaster areas. The designation means state resources can be made available to help communities recover from flooding and related damage.
The Illinois State Police had a lengthy list of road closures because of flooding:
Vans Road along state Route 84 in Albany; Portland Avenue at French Creek in Morrison; Lister and Harvey roads in Morrison; Norrish and Browns roads, north of Morrison; Crosby Road to Morrison-Rockwood State Park; Fulfs Road between Hoover Road and state Route 40 north of Sterling; Arch Road from Murphy Road to County Line Road; and Melvin Road between Dixon Avenue and U.S. Route 30, southeast of Rock Falls.
Meridian Road between Beach and Quarry roads; Elva Road between Brooklyn and Meridian roads; Gittleson Road between Elva and Conrad roads; Thorpe Road between Elva and Gurler roads; Scout Road between Union and Brewster roads; Carter Road north of Briar Knoll Road; Cottage Hill Road between state Route 251 and Carnahan Road; and White Oak Lane from state Route 2 to Mile Road, northeast of Dixon.
Mowers Road between Lynville and Mulford roads; Brooks Island Road; Pond Road, a half-mile east and west of Leaf River; Murray Drive in Grand Detour; Riverside Drive, south of Anterior Road; River and Patricia drives, off state Route 2, southwest of Byron; eastbound Honey Creek Road, north of Prairie Road; and Mount Morris Road, north of state Route 72, where the railroad tracks also are under water.
Wacker Road from Savanna to Scenic Bluff Road, where the Plum River is over its banks; Old Galena Trail Road and Spur Road, near the Plum River; Davis Road at Elizabeth Road; and Ogle Road from Brookville Road to south of Middle Creek Road.
Lawrence Park in Sterling also is closed.
A flood warning was in effect in Lee County until 7:30 a.m. today and in Whiteside County (the Rock River near Sterling) until Wednesday.
The Rock River at Dixon was at 17.8 feet Friday afternoon. It was expected to crest at 18.1 feet by this afternoon, then recede to below flood stage by Monday.
The Rock River near Sterling was at 12.9 feet Friday afternoon. It was expected to crest at 13.1 feet later Friday, then recede to below flood stage by Wednesday.
Ready for spring?
The weekend brings warmer weather, which might help the area dry out a bit.
It will be mostly sunny with a high near 50 today and mostly cloudy with a low around 35 on tonight.
Sunday will be mostly cloudy and breezy, with a 20 percent to 30 percent chance of showers, a high in the upper 50s and a low in the mid-40s.
Monday has a chance of showers, with a high in the low 60s and a low in the mid-40s.