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Ice jams still a threat along Rock River

Two sections of the Rock River between Erie and Prophetstown are experiencing ice jams. The first extends from about 1 mile downstream from the state Route 78 bridge to Thunder Road. The second, shown here, extends from about Smit Road to about 2 miles upstream from the Erie Road bridge. So, there are roughly 6 miles of jammed up ice still to make it down the river. With the water falling in Prophestown throughout the day Friday, and holding essentially steady in Erie, it appears the water is finding its way through, around and under the ice jams, said Sgt. Seth Janssen, Emergency Services Disaster Agency coordinator with the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department. Any sudden changes in the movement of the ice, Janssen said, could result in rapid fluctuations in river levels. "This is still a serious situation that can change very quickly," he said.

Unfortunately, more rain is on the way, the National Weather Serice says: A wintry mix of snow and rain overnight tonight could turn over to all rain by midday Saturday, with a chance of thunderstorms this evening. Saturday's highs will be in the mid 40s, with a 50 percent chance of rain, becoming a 90 percent chance of light rain possibly mixed with snow after midnight, with a low around 30. The precip should stop Sunday, when the day will be sunny but blustery, with a high in the low 40s.

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