GURNEE, IL - June 20, 2009 -
As of 8:30am on Saturday, June 20th, the Des Plaines River was at level of 7.79 feet and rising
according to information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the National Weather Service is
predicting the river to crest at 8.2 feet on Sunday, June 21st.
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. Currently the National Weather Service is not predicting any significant precipitation
over the next seven days.
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'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.