Crews in city of Beloit work to repair storm-damaged bluff

Crews in the city of Beloit are working through the day Thursday to try to salvage a bluff near the Rock River damaged by Wednesday night’s storms.

According to leaders in the area, they were notified the bluff had been damaged early Thursday morning and began working with other agencies to ensure gas and power would stay on for the residents nearby.

“We’re back filling the river here and working as quickly as we can to make repairs,” said Beloit City Manager Lori-Curtis Luther.

Luther said while the washout of the bluff was unexpected, city services work to prepare for severe weather events.

Check out this hole that’s forming off of the Rock River in Beloit after last night’s heavy rain washed the earth away���

Crews from Public Works have closed Bluff Street and are trying to fill the gap with rocks ahead of tonight’s storm.

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Others who live nearby said they’re afraid the hole will grow larger with anticipated storms Thursday night.

“We’re sort of scared, because we don’t know what’s going to happen next,” said Candy Young, who lives near the washout. “We’re just going to have to wait and see what happens through the night.”

Curtis-Luther said crews will continue to repair the bluff as long as weather will allow them to.

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