Des Plaines River Update - March, 9, 2009, 9:30 A.m.

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Mar 9, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Des Plaines River Update - March, 9, 2009, 9:30 a.m.

GURNEE, IL - March 9, 2009 - As of 8:30am on Monday, March 9th, the Des Plaines River was at level of 7.42 feet and rising according to information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the National Weather Service is predicting the river to crest at 7.9 feet during the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 10th. 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. Rainfall totals thru tomorrow night are currently predicted to be up to three quarters of an inch (0.75”) for our area, with the possibility of up to one and a half inches (1.50”) of rain south of Lake County. These totals have been incorporated into the current crest prediction.

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. Village officials will be meeting today to assess the River level and determine how to proceed. The Village's Public Works Department has supplies on hand should sandbagging operations be implemented, however, at this point, sandbagging operations have NOT been implemented.

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.

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Revised 03/09/09