It was the year 1938 when the combination of heavy rains and ice jams caused significant flooding long the Rock River throughout much of Whiteside County in January and February.
These images show the massive chunks of ice in Lawrence Park. Several old newspaper headlines also reported that six factories were forced to close in February when floodwaters inundated the plants. Both sections of the Avenue G bridge were closed as the ice piled against the abutments and the water rose to within a few inches of the bottom of the bridge, according to genealogytrails.com
A big thank you to David Geil for the photos.