Flooding Concerns are on the Rise!

Racine County Under Flood Watch, Heavy Rain Expected

Counties under the watch include McLean, DeWitt, Logan, Tazewell, Macon, Woodford and Peoria.

Similar scenarios can be found throughout much of southern Wisconsin where flooding was reported on a dozen rivers and creeks as well as in eastern Wisconsin from Sheboygan County down to Kenosha County, according to the National Weather Service.

Huntington's downtown floodwall remained closed Wednesday for a third straight day despite a lack of precipitation for the past 24 hours, and it was expected to remain closed as additional rain moved into the region.

Water continues to drain into area rivers with most locations along the Stateline at or above flood stage. But the warmth was accompanied by rain and river flooding expected to continue through today. These waves have the potential to produce persistent and very heavy rain.

"While isolated flash flooding is not out of the question Wednesday night or this weekend, area rivers and streams are going to be on the rise starting Wednesday night".

As of Tuesday afternoon, 11 sections of county roads were closed, according to the sheriff's department's Facebook page, and 36 other sections of roads were covered with water; motorists were being advised to avoid those areas.

The flood forecast for the Rock River at Moline was 14.7 feet as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, down slightly from earlier in the day.

The Elkhart Truth newspaper reports that the mayor says the city hasn't seen such flooding "in the last 45 years", the result of rain and melting snow combining to swell rivers in the area.

The National Weather Service also issued flood warnings for parts of Missouri and Texas.

"It wouldn't surprise me that sometime between now and Friday we go back into a flood warning for that".

"Locally, some could see higher amounts - enough to cause flooding, particularly in low-lying areas", Bishop said. The forecast is for the Yellow River to crest at 16.4 ft.by 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Waters are expected to rise, particularly along the Black River and its tributaries.

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