UPDATE: Large portion of Rock River declared slow-no-wake

UPDATED Tuesday, April 29, 2014 --- 7:20 p.m.

Many docks and boat launches are submerged as water continues to rise on the Rock River.

Tuesday, a slow-no-wake restriction was issued for a southern portion of the Rock River.

Signs will be posted along its banks, to remind boaters to drive at the slowest speed and keep the water flat.

"You have to operate your boat at the slowest speed you can without creating any wake," said Deputy Christopher Krahn of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Krahn says the Sheriff's Office divides the river in three portions. The two northern sections have been under the restriction since March 30th.

With the southern third of the river now under the restriction as of today, the entire portion of the river that runs through Rock County is now slow-no wake.

"Once it becomes flood stage... they'll have to put out road-close signs for water that's coming over roadways, any hazards," said Deputy Krahn.

Rock County isn't in immediate danger of flooding yet, but the Emergency Management division at the Sheriff's Office is keeping an eye on their gauges.

Tuesday, the gauge on the northern part of the river near Newville read 5.88 feet. Minor flooding will start at 6.5 feet. The gauge along the southern portion of the river near Afton reads 8.67 feet. It will reach minor flooding at 9 feet.

Flooding will depend upon the rain the area receives over the next few weeks.

Right now, slow speeds will help out homeowners.

"...To protect the landowners, protect their land so it doesn't get washed away. The water's starting to intrude into their yards, and I'm sure it's coming into their basements. So, that'll help just keep the water flat and it won't add any more issues to the problem," said Deputy Krahn.

The restriction is just as important for the safety of boaters.

"If you are boating just be careful...things are going to be underwater that weren't before," said Deputy Krahn.

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Posted Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 2:45 p.m.

The Rock Co. Sheriff's Department says deputies will begin placing slow-no-wake signs along the Rock River at all public access points between Lake Koshkonong and the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge.

According to US Geological Survey Gauges, the water level for Lake Koshkonong is 8.16 feet, while the water level in Afton is 6.79 feet. County Ordinance requires a slow-no-wake speed restriction be placed on a significant portion of the Rock River when water levels exceed 8.0 feet on Lake Koshkonong and 6.50 feet in Afton.

According to deputies, County Ordinance requires a slow-no-wake speed restriction on the portion of the Rock River downstream from the Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge to the state line when the water level exceeds 8.50 feet. Therefore, the Rock River from Beloit Rock Town Line Road Bridge to the state line, along with Lake Koshkonong will not be covered by the slow-no-wake speed restriction.


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