Severe storms leave flooding in Rockford area
Heavy rain pounded the Rockford area Wednesday night.
Tornado warnings were issued and severe thunderstorms dropped torrential rainfall across portions of north central Ilinois Wednesday evening with severe flooding reported in around Rockford. Numerous cars were stranded, viaducts are flooded and Kent Creek is out of its banks.
Many basements are flooded as the heavy rainfall continues.
Doppler estimates indicate that 3 to upwards of 5 inches of rain have already fallen in the area. The Rockford Airport has measured 2.37 inches within two hours with the rain still falling.
In Loves Park, streets were covered with several inches of water. Cars stalled when they tried to navigate the flooded roads.
Firefighters had to rescue a woman and her four children when their car hydroplaned and got stuck near the Belvidere Chrysler plant.
Latest rainfall totals
Cedarville north of Freeport 5.83 inches
Loves Park 5.63 inches
Rockford Country Club 5.30 inches
Winnebago SE 5.21 inches
Pecatonica 5.00 inches
Cherry Valley 4.87 inches
Winnebago 4.28 inches
Rolling Green area of Rockford 4.07 inches
Downtown Rockford 3.84 inches
Belvidere 3.36 inches
Marengo 3.32 inches
Freeport 3.15 inches
Durand 3.14 inches
Gurnee 1.05 inches