GURNEE - December 26, 2008 -
Currently, the National Weather Service anticipates a line of strong storms to cross into
Illinois this evening. The storms have the potential to produce heavy rainfall, with the heaviest amounts, up to
3 inches, falling along a line from Bloomington to downtown Chicago. Current forecast models predict up to 1.5
inches of rain in Lake County. This rainfall, combined with snow melt resulting from forecast temperatures
topping 50 degrees, could create localized flooding.
At this time the Village simply wants to make area residents and businesses aware of the situation.
The Village does not see an immediate need to leave the area. The Village has taken precautionary measures by
securing supplies and notifying residents and businesses of the situation. We are also working to reduce the
chances of localized street flooding with Public Works crews clearing storm water inlets around the Village. At
this point, sandbagging operations have NOT been implemented; however we continue to monitor developments and
this could change if rain fall totals exceed predictions.
If you begin to have water come into your basement, please remember to take extreme caution for
possible electric shock. The Village would like to urge anyone with flooded basements to contact the Gurnee
Communications Center at (847) 599-7000 to have the power disconnected prior to entering the basement.
Please review the Family Protection Plan available on the Village's website at: /fire/family_protection_program/index.html
in particular pages 10 & 11 on flooding. This information should help you to take preventative measures in
the event of a flood.
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the Village Hall at (847)