Flood warning: Rock River at Lake Koshkonong

According to information provided by the weather service online, the Ohio River locally reached a maximum height of 52.7 feet. The National Weather Service calculated that the high waters would affect homes and boat landings in the Blackhawk Island area, where the Rock River feeds into Lake Koshkonong.

On Sunday, the Ohio River in Cincinnati crested at 60.5 feet. At 14 feet, significant flooding occurs on DeKalb County Road 42 three miles northeast of Newville, and considerable agricultural and lowland flooding occurs along the river to Cedarville Reservoir. Overall, more than 250 river gauges reported levels above flood stage from the Great Lakes to Texas.

"The good news is it's trending down", Gibson said regarding the Ohio River. The exits to Zorn Avenue from Interstate 71 are still closed in both directions because of the flood water.

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He pointed to last week's order to activate 40 soldiers from an Ohio National Guard engineering company to raise floodgates along the Ohio River in Portsmouth.

As the walls were going up, and prior to his resignation Monday, former City Manager Derek Allen said the city has specific guidelines in place which dictate when flood walls should be erected. All in all, the city has 15 gates it can erect in case of emergency. The calls came from people trapped in their vehicles and homes and stranded in high waters. However, he did say several businesses affected by construction of the flood walls would undoubtedly be glad to see them gone.

The City of Beloit is providing sandbags at 2351 Springbrook Court to Beloit residents only. "Until the water recedes, we simply will not know".

At least a dozen tornadoes touched down across the south-central USA over the weekend as up to a foot of rain was dumped on the region in the past week.

  • Regina Holmes