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Rock River Rising

Rock River at Moline on Monday 2/27/23
National Weather Service
Rock River at Moline on Monday 2/27/23

Thanks to heavy rain during the past week, the Rock River is rising and will soon go above flood stage.

At Joslin, the National Weather Service says the river has been at two feet below flood stage for the last three days. But it's expected to start rising Monday night, and crest Thursday and Friday at three feet over flood stage, then begin to fall slowly.

At Moline, the Rock has held at 1.3 feet below flood stage for several days, and should start rising late on Tuesday. The forecast is for a crest nearly 1 1/2 feet over flood stage Thursday and Friday, and then begin to fall slowly by the weekend.

The Wapsipinicon River at DeWitt is now about 2 1/2 feet below flood stage. And the forecast calls for it to rise nearly 3 1/2 feet by Tuesday, then drop one foot and hold at that level for several days.

In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River is expected to rise sharply during the next several days, but crest later this week at five feet below flood stage.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.