Rivers and creeks drop, flood warning continues
JANESVILLE Water in area rivers and creeks has dropped, but the Rock County Sheriff’s Office reminded residents Thursday the county remains under a flood warning.
“Since it cooled a little bit, we felt it slowed the melting process and hence the flooding issues. We just don’t want it to turn 40 or 50 in the next few days. We want it to stay in the mid 30s so it has time to slowly melt and the water to flow where it needs to flow,” Capt. Gary Groelle said.
Gauges on the Sugar River and Turtle Creek indicated both dropped overnight Wednesday, he said. Sheriff’s deputies are monitoring low-lying areas in the county, especially those near the Sugar River, according to a news release.
Several roads remained closed Thursday, including:
-- Keesey Road between Dickey Road and County T in the town of Spring Valley closed because of a large sinkhole.
-- Emerald Grove Road between County M and Six Corners Road in the town of Johnstown closed because of high water.
-- Rotamer Road between Henke Road and Milton-Shopiere Road in the town of Harmony closed because of high water.
-- Beloit/Newark Road between Avon Store Road and Hopkins Road in the town of Avon closed because of high water.
There also was flooding in Sugar River Park, according to the news release.
Motorists were advised to use caution on East County A and North Scharine Road because of water on the roads, according to the news release.
The sheriff’s office urged residents to avoid traveling through high water on roads and to report roads that have become impassible.
To report a problem, call the Rock County Communications Center at 608-757-2244.