City News and Updates



Rock Falls Sewer Department will be replacing a manhole at the intersection of West 2nd Street and 8th Avenue.

The intersection will be closed for approximately 2 weeks (June 24th – July 5th)

A detour route has been implemented to bypass the intersection and lessen the inconvenience of this closure. Signs and barricades will be posted.

Closed roads will be open to local traffic only.


Press Release

Postponed until Further Notice

City of Rock Falls
Hydrant Flow Testing

Beginning June 3, 2019, weather permitting the Rock Falls Fire Dept in
conjunction with the City of Rock Falls Water Dept will be conducting fire
hydrant flow tests as per NFPA 291
Recommended Practice for Fire Flow

The area for testing will be hydrants from the River South to Route 30
and 1
st Ave. west to City Limits Clearwater Drive.

Please be aware that this may cause discolored water and possible
staining of clothing. Testing will be starting on June 3rd until completed
from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Discoloration of water
may affect different areas of the system. The City request that laundry
be completed after 6:00 p.m. or when the water is clear. Please check
before using.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works @ 815 622-110


City of Rock Falls Emerald Ash Borer Program

AshBorerThe Emerald Ash Borer has caused major destruction in Illinois by invading millions of Ash trees. The Ash, a typically resilient tree to the stresses of residential locations, is no match for the Emerald Ash Borer. The insect burrows in the tree right under its bark, effectively destroying its water and nutrient transporting tissues. Eventually, the Ash succumbs to starvation with no way to absorb its food source. Severe environmental and economic consequences are occurring as a result of Ash trees dying off across the Midwest. However, a plan to deal with the stressors of Emerald Ash Borer can mitigate the negative effects felt by a community.

In October 2015, the state of Illinois announced it will no longer restrict the movement of any cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state. This move was implemented because the EAB has been found in more counties within the state, making the pest too widespread to continue to regulate. Illinois joins Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky in the deregulation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

For more information, see the State’s PDF press release.

Do you have Ash trees on your property?

Help us inventory the city’s population of ash trees by reporting trees on your property. Email the team rockfalls.eab@gmail.com.