JANESVILLE (WKOW) – People who live on N. River Rd. in Janesville are being neighborly, filling sandbags for each other to use against the Rock River's rising flood waters.
"I checked the water levels at the house and they were fine, so I decided to come down and help out. A couple other people showed up. We probably did a couple hundred bags," said Jeff Bovenmyer, who lives on N. River Rd.
Jeff Bovenmyer used 400 sandbags to create a fortress around his home over the weekend. He said the water has been rising three to four inches per day and creeping dangerously close to the sandbags.
"We got powered pretty hard by the flood. I was the procrastinator and didn't sand bag in time. Got about 2 feet of water in the basement but kept it down below the outlets," Bovenmyer said.
The water levels outside in 2008 were four feet, reaching the handles of his basement's double doors.
The next 24 to 48 hours of rain will be important, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
"We're looking at water levels reaching one foot below what we saw in 2008 on Friday at about 2 p.m. One foot of water is a significant difference, but Rock County hasn't seen water levels this high since 2008," Capt. Jude Maurer, of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, officials fielded "many requests for sandbags, and worked with the highway shop at making those deliveries to key locations," Maurer said.
These locations include:
-The Rock Town Hall: 5102 S. CTH D in Afton
-The Rock County Highway Department sheds at Hwy 59 and North Sherman Rd. in Edgerton
-Boat landing on N. River Rd. in Janesville
The boat landing is where Bovenmyer was bagging sand. Though, he says it's a part of river life.
"[The water levels are] a little out of control, but it's part of living out on the water. You choose to live out here so you've got to deal with it," Bovenmyer said, adding: "Every neighborhood has its problems. We just happen to have a big pool in the backyard."
ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities say the risk of flooding is high this week, as forecasters are calling for up to four inches of rain by Thursday evening.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office has closed a portion of S. River Road south of Janesville. Officials say water levels along the road are getting deep enough to create a traffic hazard for vehicles. S. River Road will be closed to through traffic from S. Oakley Road to the Highway 11 bypass. People who live along the road will still have access to their homes.
Happy Hollow Park is also closed.
Rock County authorities say the Rock River is nearing major flood stages in the Lake Koshkonong and Newville areas, and moderate flood stages in the Afton area. The river level is about 11 feet in some areas.
Rock County has also closed parts of Mallwood Estates: Lake Shore Drive from East Road 3 St. to East Road 7 St.; East Road 9 St. is closed east from Ridge Road to the end.
The county is also monitoring the Sugar River and Sugar River Park, along with the town of Avon.
Sandbags are available at the Rock Town Hall on Highway D, the Rock County Highway Department on Highway 59, and the Janesville boat landing on North River Rd off Highway 14.
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