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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
USGS Montoring Station 05528000 Des Plaines River Near Gurnee http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?dd_cd=03&dd_cd=06&format=gif&period=31&site_no=05528000