Stateline Area residents recall flood from 50 years ago

By Clint Wolf, Apr 11, 2023


BELOIT – There are some events that are hard to forget even after 50 years.


The flood that struck Beloit and South Beloit April 20 and 21, 1973 is one of those events that is still talked about today among those who lived through it. People still talk of submerged cars, flooded homes and businesses and the mess left behind by the Easter weekend flood.


Records indicate the Turtle Creek rose 9 feet and overflowed its banks following heavy rains on Good Friday, according to the Beloit Historical Society publication “The Confluence.”


The flooding caused waters to cover a 40-block radius in Beloit and South Beloit, driving several people from their homes and causing one death. Jerry Miller of Roscoe died when his car was swept from a bridge in the flooding.


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