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New year welcomes Sauk Valley with snow, weather advisory

Downtown Dixon water main breaks

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – The new year in the Sauk Valley started with snow and a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service.

The weather service issued the advisory at 11:05 a.m. for Sterling and Rock Falls, and for Dixon at 11:54 a.m. Other cities, like Oregon, Rockford, Clinton and Mount Carroll, were also included in those advisories.

Both advisories were set to expire at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow accumulation estimates from the National Weather Service ranged from 4 to 7 inches.

A Dixon water main broke, near the intersection of Second Street and Crawford Avenue, affecting 14 homes, according to Dixon Water Superintendent Rusty Cox.

While the break happened near KSB Hospital, Cox did not believe the hospital was affected, adding that work to fix the water main could be completed Wednesday afternoon, barring any significant damage.

Police received the call about the break at approximately 11:04 a.m., Sgt. Mike Wolfley said.

Half of the homes affected were on East Second Street, between Crawford Avenue and Dement Avenue, Cox said, and the other half were along Dement Avenue. The residents were notified, he said.

Today's weather is expected to be windy, with gusts between 10 and 20 mph, and temperatures in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service, which didn't predict snow in the area until Saturday.

Tomorrow's high is expected to be between 12 and 14 degrees, with winds gusts that could reach up to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite Wednesday's weather conditions, there were few traffic accidents in the area.

Because of the holiday, more people were at home and not on the roads, as opposed to a typical Wednesday, Wolfley said.

"Thus far, everything has gone well for us," he said at about 1 p.m.

There were no reported accidents from Tuesday night.

The Dixon Police Department reported one accident, a single-car accident with no injuries, which was the same case for the Sterling Police Department.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department reported that it responded to two minor accidents, both without injuries.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department responded to three calls to assist motorists in the ditch along Interstate 39.

There were no accidents reported by the Rock Falls Police Department.

Raul Hernandez, 47, of Rochelle, was arrested at his work in rural Chana after the Ogle County Sheriff's Department received a call about a one-vehicle accident on the 1800 block of Skare Road at approximately 8:26 a.m.

Hernandez, according to a Sheriff's Department news release, left the scene of the accident on foot after a resident told him she would report the accident on his behalf.

According to the release:

Deputies arrived on scene and found Hernandez's blue, 2003 Chevy Trailblazer on its roof, near a creek embankment.

Hernandez was arrested for driving while his license was suspended, in addition to being cited for driving too fast for conditions, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Hernandez was taken to the Ogle County Jail and while he initially refused medical treatment, he told deputies he lost consciousness inside the vehicle. He was taken to KSB Hospital for precautionary reasons, the release said.

 

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