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The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office encourages those living along low-lying areas and rivers to be aware of rising river levels.

According to a news release from Sheriff Gerald Bustos, residents should be aware of river levels because "the rains and snow melt becomes more prevalent in days and weeks to come."

All residents along the Rock and Mississippi Rivers should monitor the National Weather Service river levels. "For those residents new to these neighborhoods, talk to your neighbors and follow their lead," Bustos said in the release. "They have lived along the rivers for many years and have experienced many floods."

The general public should practice safe driving when they are on unfamiliar roads. Do not drive through standing water, because the appearance of the water depth can be deceiving, Bustos said.

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Flood watches are issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. Flood warnings are based on when a flood is imminent or occurring. For more information, visit the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.

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