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Illinois Communities Fill Sandbags As Flood Threat Rises

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Rock Island County officials describe it as a perfect storm that spells trouble for those living and working near the Rock River. They announced emergency plans Thursday morning for when the Rock River rises above flood stage this weekend. That's a big concern in the communities of Barstow and Carbon Cliff. The fire chief says the heavy rain has soaked the ground and there's no place for the water to go.

"It really is a river flood that's coming after a flash flood. And we are dealing with the effects of both as they migrate into one event," said Carbon Cliff-Barstow Fire Dist. Chief Matt Schnepple.

The Quad Cities received over 2.6 inches of rain on April 17, setting a new one day record for rainfall. That is pushing rivers and streams to the brink.

The Rock River is projected to surge four feet above flood stage in Moline by this weekend. Schnepple says it's a double whammy. The combination of flash flooding and the rising rock river that threatens his community.

"We are filling ditches. filling backyards. filling all the fields. That normally would not be filled until the river comes up to a certain leveL."

They have also filled about 10,000 sandbags to use to protect flood-prone areas.

In Morrison, Illinois the city is once again threatened by flooded creeks that surround the community. Officials there are asking for volunteers to help make sandbags at the Morrison Garage.