Des Plaines River Update - April 30, 2009, 11:50 A.m.

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Apr 30, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Des Plaines River Update - April 30, 2009, 11:50 a.m.

GURNEE, IL - April 30, 2009 - As of 11:00AM on April 30, 2009 the Des Plaines River was at a level of 8.7 feet and rising slightly according to reporting information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the National Weather Service is predicting the river near Gurnee to hold steady with no appreciable level increase. 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. Today’s rainfall forecast has been included in the predictions.

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 of Gurnee is taking precautionary measures today by notifying residents in low lying areas along the Des Plaines River. The Village's Public Works Department has secured supplies should sandbagging operation be implemented. At this point, sandbagging operations have NOT been implemented.

Should anyone begin to have water come into their basement, they are advised to take extreme caution for possible electric shock. The Village would like to urge any resident with a flooded basement to contact the Gurnee Communications Center at (847) 599-7000 to have the power disconnected prior to entering the basement.

Questions regarding this update should be directed to the Village Hall at (847) 599-7500. Residents and businesses can also receive regular periodic electronic notices on this and other issues via e-mail by sending an e-mail message to the following address:  Suggestions on flood situations and other emergencies is available as part of the Family Protection Plan available online at the Village’s website /fire/family_protection_program/.

River heights and crest predictions may also be found at:

NWS Hydrologic Prediction - DesPlaines River 3 SW Gurnee,1...

USGS Montoring Station 05528000 Des Plaines River Near Gurnee

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Revised 04/30/09