Des Plaines River Update - March 10, 2009, 11:30 A.m.

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Mar 10, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Des Plaines River Update - March 10, 2009, 11:30 a.m.

GURNEE, IL - March 10, 2009 - As of 10:30am on Tuesday, March 10th, the Des Plaines River was at level of 8.15 feet and slowly rising according to information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the National Weather Service is Predicting the river to crest at 8.4 feet during the daytime hours of Wednesday, March 11th. 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. During the evening hours last night the Village received, .69” of rain. Currently, the National Weather Service is predicting .3” of rain during the daytime hours today, March 10th. Following this, no significant precipitation is predicted for the remainder of the week. 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, District 56 and Gurnee Park District officials met this morning to assess the River level and determined sandbagging operations will not be implemented at this time. However, the Village's Public Works Department has supplies on hand should sandbagging operations become necessary.

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 03/10/09