Flooding in February 1922

Severe weather in Rockford this time of year is nothing unusual. A flood on Feb 22, 1922 along the banks of Keith Creek claimed the life of a five year old boy who was caught up in its raging waters. Heavy rains and a high temperature of 61 degrees flooded an area a mile square (in southeast Rockford near 7th Avenue) as waters rose and carried large cakes of ice downstream. Several streetcars ceased operation and storm sewers were quickly overwhelmed. Streets and sidewalks were overcome with mud and debris and sections of pavement were ripped...

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The ice is out and the Rock River is open again.

Here it is, March 13, 2014, and the ice is finally out, and the Rock River is open again. This isn’t the first time that it’s opened up on March 13th; it also did so in 1873 and 1929. But the big story was in 1936, when they used 11 charges of dynamite to open the ice jam between the Jefferson and State Street bridges.  People stood on the Jefferson Street Bridge and the banks of the river to watch. The explosions must have been something to see and hear. One of the charges sent a block of ice onto the north pedestrian walkway of...

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