Rock River Reaches Action Stage

Sandbags being made available as a precaution due to an ice jam on the Rock River

MACHESNEY PARK, IL (December 27, 2022) – Due to recent ice jam flooding on the Rock River, the Village of Machesney Park is monitoring river levels and making sandbags available to residents along the river. Flood stage at the Latham gauge on Ralston Road is 8.37 feet as of 1:30 p.m. on December 27. The National Weather Service forecasts that levels will fall throughout the week.

At this time, there is a limited risk of structural damage and a limited number of sandbags are being provided as a precautionary measure. Sandbags can be picked up near the tennis courts at Schoonmaker Park (10893 Ventura Blvd, Machesney Park, IL 61115).

Further updates will be posted to the Village’s website,, and social media pages. To access the Rock River Latham gauge online, visit:


Media Contact:
Mitch Hilden, Superintendent of Public Works | (815) 877-5432