GURNEE - December 27, 2008 -
Lake County has generally received about an inch of rainfall since the storm began last night,
combined with up to two inches of meltwater from the snowpack. We expect between a quarter and three-quarters of
an inch of additional rain between now and 11pm tonight, when the storm system should have exited Lake
The Des Plaines at Russell is forecast to crest Tuesday morning at 8.1 feet (flood stage is 7.0
feet, damage to homes begins at 9.5 feet) and the Des Plaines at Gurnee (Route 120) is expected to crest
Wednesday morning at 7.8 feet. The Des Plaines spills over its banks at approximately 7.0 feet, problems with
roadway access along Emerald Avenue and Kilbourne Road occur at approximately 8.5 feet, and buildings are
impacted at 9.0 feet.
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)