Village Of Gurnee - Des Plaines River Update - 10:30 A.m.

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Jun 20, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Village of Gurnee - Des Plaines River Update - 10:30 a.m.

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.

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Revised 06/20/09