Flood warning issued for Rock County
Heavy rains with more on the way have put Rock County residents under a flood warning with the Rock River forecasted to reach minor flood stages by Monday.
Rock County could see an additional one to two inches or more of rain Tuesday night with potential for severe weather including hail, damaging winds and flash flooding, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
Forecasts call for a chance of rain through the weekend.
Authorities are monitoring potential flooding concerns:
-- South Carvers Rock Road will be closed from East Creek Road to East Larsen Road until further notice
-- Turtle Creek in Clinton
-- Sugar River Park in the town of Avon
Current water levels are:
-- Rock River at Newville: 4.83 feet, which is below flood levels
-- Rock River at Lake Koshkonong: 8.69 feet and expected to reach 10.7 feet by next week, possibly causing minor flooding
-- Rock River at Afton: 8.03 feet and expected to reach 10.1 feet by Sunday, possibly causing minor flooding
-- Sugar River at Brodhead: 6.29 feet, which is minor flooding and expected to reach 7.9 feet by Thursday
-- Turtle Creek at Clinton: 8.6 feet, which is above the 8.0 flood stage
-- Turtle Creek at Beloit: 7.46 feet. Flood stage is 9.0 feet
-- Yahara River at Fulton: 8.34 feet. Flood stage is 10.0 feet
Standing water following the heavy rains has been reported, and authorities are urging residents to avoid traveling on roadways with high waters or roads closed due to flooding.
Hazardous flooding conditions can be reported to Rock County Communications at 608-757-2244. All other flood concerns should be reported to the respective town or through the Rock County Sheriff’s Office–Emergency Management Division at 608-758-8440.
First responders were called at 2:58 p.m. today for a report of an overturned canoe in Turtle Creek north of Stateline Road in the town of Turtle, according to a Rock County Communications dispatcher. Two people were reportedly in the water hanging onto a log, but everyone was rescued, the dispatcher said.