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The Rock has roared, but river level is falling

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 16, 2008
— The Rock River is above flood stage but dropping today, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the weather service predicts up to 1.5 inches of rain between Thursday morning and Friday night, the ground should be able to soak up much of the new moisture, meteorologist Chris Kuhlman said.


Five days of dry weather, including today’s forecast of temperatures in the upper 60s and gusts of wind up to 30 mph, have helped, he said.


Although the Rock River remains above flood stage in Rock County, the county is in a “much better position than it was at the beginning of the week,” said Lt. Gary Groelle with the sheriff’s office.


Water levels measured this morning by the United States Geological Survey are:


-- Newville—11.62 feet with flood stage at 10 feet. This is up from Tuesday.


-- Indianford—15.2 feet with flood stage at 15 feet. This is down from Tuesday.


-- Afton—10.93 feet with flood stage at 9 feet. This is down from Tuesday.


-- Sugar River in Avon Township—4.43 feet with flood stage at 5 feet. This is down about a foot from Tuesday.


Free sand and sandbags are available at Fulton, Milton, Rock and Beloit town halls.


Citizens impacted by flooding should call the Rock County Communications Center at (608) 757-2244.



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