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Flood Warnings remain in effect

ROCKFORD — Heavy rains and snowmelt have led to flooding along rivers across northern Illinois, and Flood Warnings remain in effect for waterways in the Rockford area.

The Rock River remained more than 2 feet above flood stage at Latham Park Thursday morning after water levels shot up more than 6 feet since Monday afternoon. Flooding was also reported at Byron and at points further south along the river.

The Pecatonica River at Shirland was nearly 3 feet above flood stage and still on the rise as of Thursday, with waters expected to crest around 15.5 feet on Saturday. The record flood level for the Pec at Shirland is 18.1 feet.

Further upstream, the Pecatonica is expected to crest around 16 feet near Freeport, more than 4.5 feet above flood stage. Just over the border in Martintown, the Pec was nearly 10 feet above flood stage at 19.5 feet, Thursday.

And portions of the Kishwaukee River were more than 4 feet above flood stage Thursday morning, with flooding reported near Belvidere and along Perryville Road in southeast Rockford.

More rain could be on the way overnight, though forecasters say that the heaviest rains will fall further south in Illinois, impacting already heavily flooded areas. The Illinois River was reportedly at major flooding stage in Ottawa and Morris, Thursday morning, and officials had evacuated residents in the city of Marseilles just east of Ottawa as a result.

Shelters in Indiana and Michigan have been activated as heavy flood waters have inundated parts of both states. Michigan has declared states of emergency in various cities and counties and at least two deaths have been blamed on the flooding, which has ravaged states as far south as Oklahoma.

Remember, never try to pass a flooded roadway in your car. Flood waters can wash large vehicles off the road, leaving you and first responders in danger.

Keep up with local conditions with our AccuWeather forecast. R.

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