Heavy Rain And Flooding Reported In LaSalle County And Roscoe
The Illinois River rose to around 14 feet over the weekend due to heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service predicts it could crest as high as 20 feet Monday.
As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service reports Ottawa received the most rain, at 4.5 inches. It was followed by Oglesby, at 4.44 inches, and LaSalle, at highest precipitation, at 4.37 inches.
Several areas reported flooded roads, according to the LaSalle News Tribune. The City of Peru reported flooding at 38th Street and North Progress Boulevard, as well as the north end of Peoria Street.
Lostant reported flooding on Second Street and the north and south intersections of Illinois 251. However, those intersections were cleared by Illinois State Police. Bailey Creek in Tonica also flooded, impeding traffic on Illinois 251 near the intersection with Peoria-Ottawa Road
The Rockford Register Star reports Riverside Park in Roscoe is closed due to flooding, but as of Monday morning, NOAA reports the Rock River is at a normal level of 7.67 feet.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this morning activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield to ensure state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with flooding-related public safety issues in several areas of the state.
You can find an interactive map of northern Illinois river water levels at the National Weather Service's website. Moving your mouse over the markers will display the water level at each flood gauge.