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Rock River not expected to spill over banks

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Marcia Nelesen
March 12, 2013

— The Rock River is not predicted to flood in the next few days, and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan predicted Monday that floodwaters on Turtle Creek and the Sugar River would begin receding before this morning.

Late Monday afternoon, Turtle Creek in Beloit was at moderate flood stage at 11.45 feet. Moderate flood stage is 11 feet and flood stage is 9 feet.

Turtle Creek in Clinton also was at flood stage.

Turtle Creek was expected to fall below flood stage by 10 pm. Monday, said Morgan Brooks, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

The Sugar River in Brodhead also was above flood stage, and it was expected to fall below flood stage after midnight.

At 9 feet, floodwaters are in the backyards of some homes on East Ridge Road, Moccasin Drive and the Turtle Ridge Subdivision in Beloit, Brooks said.

The Rock River in Rock County is not expected to rise above the banks.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office reported flooding on West Keesey Road in the town of Spring Valley, Emerald Grove Road between County M and Six Corners Road and Rotamer Road between Henke Road and Milton-Shopiere Road.

River water started rising at about 7 p.m. Sunday because of rain and melting snow. In the last two days, the area had between 0.75 and 1.25 inches of rain.

Brooks expects temperatures will remain low and slow snow melting. The next chance for rain or snow is Thursday, but that chance is low, Brooks said.

“It wouldn’t take much for them to reach flood stage,” Brooks said. “Hopefully, they (the rivers) have time to get down to their normal levels before we get a lot of rain again.”

A memo issued Monday by Beloit officials said areas in Beloit were experiencing isolated flooding, mostly adjacent to Turtle Creek and low-lying areas.

The city’s emergency preparedness department urged residents to avoid recreational activities near Turtle Creek or the Rock River, especially canoeing and kayaking.



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