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.

Doppler estimate storm rainfall totals

 

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