Lightning strikes twice in less than a year

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StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118659028618053.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘A car is caught in flood waters at 15th Street and Ninth Avenue.‘);
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StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118659804319685.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘Flood waters gush from the spillway beneath Aldeen‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118659809718053.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘Ducks find a new home in flooded Churchill Park near Redeemer Lutheran Church‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118659818015793.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘Homeowner ties his boat to a telephone pole on 13th street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118658986624053.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘A car is abandoned in flooded water near 15th Street and Eighth Avenue in Rockford Aug. 7. The National Weather Service reported nearly 7 inches of rain fell on parts of Rockford in the overnight hours of Aug. 6-7. Visit www.rockrivertimes.com for more photos of the storm’s impact.‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118659023918053.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘Officials examine the water level at Aldeen Dam Aug. 7. When the photo was taken, the dam was less than 2 feet from overflowing.‘);

City, county sign disaster proclamations in wake of storm

They said it was the kind of flooding that happens once every 100 years. Less than a year after parts of Rockford were devastated by a Sept. 4 storm, early indications are damages from the Aug. 7 deluge could eclipse last year’s Labor Day flooding.

The National Weather Service reported nearly 7 inches of rain fell on parts of Rockford in the overnight hours of Aug. 6-7.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) was deployed to Rockford the morning of Aug. 7 and was on site monitoring the Alpine Dam as waters threatened to run over the spillway.

Areas around the dam were subject to a “voluntary” evacuation. City Administrator Jim Ryan, who is acting mayor, said the evacuation was precautionary, and the dam was not in danger of failing. Late in the morning, Ryan reported waters behind the dam were receding.

Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) is not expected to cut his honeymoon short and will not return to Rockford until Aug. 17.

In Morrissey’s absence, Ryan signed a disaster declaration Aug. 7. Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R) signed a similar disaster proclamation on the county level.

By the afternoon of Aug. 7, 60 ComEd crews were still working to restore electricity to thousands of residents, according to spokesman Paul Callighan.

Shadowing last year’s storm response, an emergency shelter was again set up at Hallstrom Center on 18th Street.

Important numbers

Rockford Human Service Department—1-815-987-5685

To offer assistance to flood victims—1-815-987-5686

The Red Cross—1-815-963-8471

The Salvation Army—1-815-972-1135

from the Aug 8-14, 2007, issue

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