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Old 05-26-2021, 03:18 PM
 
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Does anyone have an opinion about living near the Rock River in Sterling? I have never lived near a river before. Are there any pros and cons? The house we are looking at is not in the flood zone. It is, however, just outside the flood zone. Would flood insurance still be expensive?
Any input you have is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2021, 09:41 AM
 
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I used to live on E. 2nd in Sterling , Years ago. Main con was just the Trains kept waking me up, but being a light sleeper didn't help. Otherwise it was nice.
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Old 11-05-2022, 03:34 PM
 
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Have lived within a par 5 of the Rock River in both Sterling and Rock Falls nearly my whole life. In town the flooding chances are slim. As you get outside of either town it becomes a toss up. I will agree that the trains can be annoying but you learn to get used to them. I grew up with a 60' backyard that ended on the tracks and have lived 3 blocks from the tracks since 1997. I pretty much don't even notice the trains anymore.
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Old 11-05-2022, 09:30 PM
 
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Does anyone have an opinion about living near the Rock River in Sterling? I have never lived near a river before. Are there any pros and cons? The house we are looking at is not in the flood zone. It is, however, just outside the flood zone. Would flood insurance still be expensive?
Any input you have is appreciated. Thanks!
Depends how close you are to the river. In a normal year could be no problem. In Sterling there could be greenway to enjoy the river. Check to see if there is any paddle boating on the river. May not be deep enough to have speedboats. Fishermen won't bother you.

In Sterling depends how close you are to RR for train noise.

Would be worth investigating for flood insurance. Could be once in 100 year event. Maybe in bad winter ice blocks the river. Could also be times of high rainfall. Could be areas with low bridge that needs replacement.

Can be fun with wildlife. Beware of any Canada goose. Don't feed them. Maybe have an owl to try & scare them to keep moving along. Beware of "cute" little goslings that make a mess as they approach adult size.
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