Flooding in Rockford

Crews sandbagging in Rockford, IA

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ROCKFORD, IA – It’s definitely been a long night for emergency crews and volunteers in Rockford as they’re working to protect buildings from flooding.

The Shell Rock river is now above 18 feet and crews are sandbagging buildings trying to stay ahead of the water.

City officials got the call around 11:00 last night saying the river was rising quickly.

Rockford firemen were also called into the station around 3:00 this morning to prep for flooding.

They have since removed all valuable equipment from the station.

Rockford Mayor, Harry White says this flooding seemed to come out of nowhere.

Mayor White said, “It’s just kinda somewhat of a surprise it’s this bad. This low land near the park around here has just been flooded almost every week for the last 3 weeks now, so it flooding isn’t, but the extent and height of this flood is quite a bit shocking.”

The record for the shell rock at Rockford is 17.6.

Mayor White tells us no homes have been evacuated at this point, but he wants everyone living near the river to keep a very close eye on the situation,in case the water continues to rise.

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