BELOIT - Flooding from snow melt and rain across Beloit and Rock County this week is causing issues for residents across the Stateline Area.
In Beloit, the city saw Turtle Creek flooding close a section of Colley Road between Sager Lane and Brewster Avenue, along with flooding at the Moore Pavilion in Riverside Park by the lagoon adjacent to the Rock River, according to Beloit Operations Director Jodine Saunders.
"We suspect that we will continue to have some flooding issues," Saunders said.
Sandbags are available for free at the Beloit Department of Public Works Operations building, 2351 Springbrook Court. Call 608-364-2929 with any questions regarding pickup.
In Rock County, sandbags are available at Rock Town Hall, 5102 South County Highway D and at Newville Park and Ride, off of I-39/90 at exit 163.
In Janesville, residents can get sandbags at 900 N. Parker Drive. Call the City Services Center at 608-755-3110 for instructions for pickup.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to stay off roadways covered in water or closed due to flooding due to the risk of stalling vehicles and swift waters. To report any immediate, hazardous conditions related to flooding to Rock County Communications, call 608-757-2244.
Water levels on the Rock River and Turtle Creek in the Stateline Area have surpassed minor flood stage and continue to rise.
The Rock River at Afton, north of Beloit, was at 10.08 feet this morning, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration website, surpassing minor flood stage at 9 feet. Major flood stage for that section of the river is 12.2 feet.
Turtle Creek in Beloit was at 9 feet this morning, surpassing minor flood stage of 7.5 feet. Major flood stage is at 12.5 feet for that part of the creek.
Turtle Creek at Clinton was at 8.5 feet this morning. Minor flood stage is 8 feet and major flood stage is 12 feet for that section of the creek.
The Rock River at Rockton, Illinois was at 11.08 feet this morning, surpassing both minor flood stage at 10 feet and moderate flood stage at 11 feet. Major flood stage for that portion of the river is 14 feet.
A slow-no-wake area on the Rock River has been announced by the Rock County Sheriff's office. The area between the Indianford Dam and W B R Townline Road Bridge is affected by the snow-no-wake area. Watercraft is to operate at minimum speed in on the Rock River in this area.