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  • Cristobal Update

    Weekend Update. Absolutely beautiful weather for enjoying the river so make time to get out on it. I received an email from the NWS about the potential for heavy rainfall that could impact the Midwest region starting on Tuesday and lasting till Thursday from the remnants of tropical storm CRISTOBAL. It is to early to predict the exact track of the storm or the amount of rainfall that may occur from this storm. By Sunday night they will have a better idea where the heavy rain fall may occur. [...]

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    Memorial weekend update: The rain on saturday to our west has caused a spike in the river levels. The call has been made to have the dam gates adjusted to a proactive level this morning. With the rain in the forecast for the next several days it does not look good for our drainage basin. The fox river is flooding from last weeks rain event. We were all hoping we could dodge a bullet for our area going to no-wake this weekend. If todays adjustment doesnt work and more rain hits our basin we will[...]

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    Weekend update: I hope everyone is doing well with these uncertain times we are facing.We are better off than some states around us with silly restrictions they face. We are allowed to cut our grass with out getting a fine. We are also allowed to go for a boat ride if we chose to do so. The area rivers are continuing a slow descent which is a welcome relief for us all. The flow rate at rockton is still around 4.5 million gallons of water per minute is the reason for elevated river levels for [...]

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    Weekend update: The dam is running at a proactive level as the gauge shows. Area rivers are slowly dropping to the relief of residents. If we could get the pecatonica river to drop as fast as the kishwaukee river things would be improving faster here. We need to keep practicing social distancing to keep safe. If home school parents want an interesting science project, a trip to the bike path bridge just downstream of the dam is an interesting place to visit . The gates on the dam are open about[...]

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    River Update 3/27/20

    Update. Have been in discussion with Sheriff Caruana this afternoon about the impending river rise predicted for the rain tonight and tomorrow. He is having com-ed make an adjustment later today. Lets keep our fingers crossed that the majority of this rain event misses Wisconsin. The prediction line is based on it hitting. If we get a break the prediction line will get corrected lower. Doesn't mother nature know we are already at our wits end with corona problems. The Sheriff is also sending [...]

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    RIVER UPDATE. Mother nature gave us all some welcome relief by not dumping on our basin as much rain as originally thought. Yes the sump pumps are running but the river is a far cry from this time last year. As we all struggle with what the world is dumping on us let us hope it will be over by the time summer gets here. The dam is still running at a proactive level of between 1.5/1.8 as set in the operations plan. We will get through this in time and I wish all fellow river residents prayers [...]

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    Looks like we received less rain in the basin than was projected. Gages have started to flat line which is good news for residents sump pumps. There is more rain in the forecast this week unfortunately. As with all rain events if it stays more south we will see less of a rise here. Sheriff Caruana monitors the dam on a daily basis and will have com-ed go back out when needed for necessary adjustments. Thank you Com-ed and Sheriff Caruana for your non stop attention to area residents river [...]

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    Did a check of area dams. Our dam is at 70% open as of 10:00. The beloit dam is at 30% open at 10:00. The reason we are open more is due to the fact of the pec. and sugar rivers being out of their banks. The kish. river is giving its flow to byron. All dams in the country open as needed as the flow rates increase and close as the flow decreases. We should not send excessive water to ogle county and rock county should not send excessive water to us. Everyone works together to the benefit of all.[...]

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    Based on current conditions, the risk of flooding is near average to above average. The greatest risk of flooding is in the Rock and Fox River basins. https://www.weather.gov/lot/spring_flood_outlook?fbclid=IwAR08uEXqiJbrGymCFcejAJsvzILhJQBgSE-eo6T21syK62hb4Pl9jYI8big

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    River update. Have been in contact with the NWS this morning. The rain that is forecast for Monday has not yet been imputed into the future line yet for Latham. That will happen on Sunday night. The Sheriff has ComED scheduled to make another adjustment at the dam today. We currently have 3.1 million gallons of water flowing past here per minute. The river levels are much better than a year ago at this time. The function of the weather service is to give us advanced warning of river rises for [...]

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