No Wake On River Announcement

WINNEBAGO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS MEDIA RELEASE   NEWS RELEASE NUMBER 2008-013   INFORMATION: NO WAKE ZONE ON ROCK RIVER     DATE: 04/08/08   TIME: 1500 HRS.   PAGE 1 OF 1     

NARRATIVE:

Sheriff Richard A. Meyers is announcing the implementation of a “NO WAKE ZONE” effective immediately for the entire Rock River within Winnebago County, due to the high water and hazardous river conditions. Though the weather has not been conducive to recreational use of the river, there has been some traffic noted on the waterways. Boaters are encouraged to avoid using the river for recreational purposes during this time as the presence of debris in the river creates hazardous conditions, which are difficult to detect.  Additionally, the increased water flow creates a much faster current than what has been experienced over the past few months with the lower water levels. These conditions increase the likelihood of problems for boaters, which results in exposing first responders to dangerous conditions should a rescue situation develop.  Residents of the area are reminded that as the water rises, flooding may continue to occur in areas affected by the higher water levels. Any additional rainfall will greatly impact the water levels, as the ground is saturated, and any significant amounts of rain over the next several days will add runoff to the water levels. Sand and equipment needed for sandbags is available at the former Logli’s Supermarket–8010 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park.  The Winnebago County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency can also field calls from people with concerns or questions about the flooding. Their number is (815) 319-6215. For current river conditions, and any further updates, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (815) 319-6300, or the Rock River information telephone line at (815) 316-8888.