OREGON – Flood damage evaluations in Ogle County are continuing even though the river is almost back within its banks.
“A lot of places they can’t get to because it’s still too wet,” Sheriff Michael Harn said Tuesday.
At least 5 inches of rain fell in the area April 17-18, bringing the Rock River to a record high of 17.1 feet when it crested April 20. By Tuesday afternoon, the river had dropped to 11.5 feet at the Byron river gauge, still a foot above flood stage.
Flooding occurred in low-lying areas, including Irwin Acres and Rock River Terrace, north of Oregon, Brooks Isle, south of Oregon, and the Murray Subdivision near Grand Detour.
Ogle County was declared a state disaster area April 22, but Ogle County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Candace Humphrey said the flooding did not turn out to be as bad as expected.
“The river crested at a foot under what forecasters thought it would,” she said.
American Red Cross spokeswoman Linda Parker said cleanup kits were delivered to local flood victims over the weekend, along with 46 mobile meals.
Kits still are available at Red Cross headquarters, 727 N. Church St. in Rockford. Call 815-963-8471 for information.
Humphrey continues to collect damage assessments from flood victims, which will be given to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to see if the county has enough damage to qualify as a federal disaster area and receive possible financial assistance.
A decision on the federal status is expected in mid-May.
Go to www.oglecountyema.org and click on the Facebook link or call Humphrey at 815-732-6666 to report flood damage or for more information on assistance.