Flooding on the Rock River is putting a damper on summer fun in the Sauk Valley.
Prophetstown State Park is closed through July 7, and the fireworks planned for July 4 have been canceled.
“You need a snorkel to go through the park,” Park Superintendent Mike Challand said.
Key areas of the park at Riverside Drive and Park Avenue on the northwest side of Prophetstown are under water. The parking lots already were flooded Friday and the emergency exit at the back of the park was expected to be flooded by today.
“We’re getting everybody out,” Challand said. “It’s [the river] not supposed to go down [below flood stage] until the middle of next week, so I put it [the closure] out through the week.
“It could dry up sooner, but ... .”
Boaters on the river should take caution this weekend, as the no-wake ordinances are in effect in Ogle, Lee and Whiteside counties.
The boat launches at Lawrence Park between Sterling and Rock Falls also were under water and not usable Friday.
The river at Byron was at 14.29 feet midday Friday. Flood stage is 13 feet. It was expected to recede below flood stage by Sunday afternoon.
The river at Dixon was at 15.1 feet midday Friday. Flood stage is 16 feet. It was expected to peak at 15.5 feet by this morning.
The river at Como, near Sterling, was at 9.64 feet midday Friday. Flood stage is 10 feet. It was expected to peak at 10.2 feet today, then recede below flood stage by Sunday afternoon. A flood warning there is in effect until Sunday morning.
Flooding on the Mississippi River also is drawing attention this weekend.
A flood warning for the river at Fulton is in effect until Tuesday night.
The river was at 16.5 feet and holding steady Friday morning. Flood stage is 16 feet. It was expected to rise to 16.8 feet by this morning, then fall back below flood stage by Tuesday night.
One more day of rain ...
Showers and thunderstorms are likely today and could dump between a quarter and a half inch of rain. Winds will blow between 10 and 15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. It will be cloudy with a high around 70 and a low in the upper 50s.
Then the sun makes a comeback!
It will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-70s and a low in the mid-50s Sunday and sunny with a high in the upper 70s and a low in the upper 50s Monday.
Source: National Weather Service