Village Of Gurnee - Des Plaines River Update - June 21, 2009, 12:15 P.m.

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Jun 21, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Village of Gurnee - Des Plaines River Update - June 21, 2009, 12:15 p.m.

GURNEE, IL - June 21, 2009 - After receiving up to 5 inches of rain in the Gurnee area, with up to 6 inches of rain north in the Kenosha area, the Des Plaines River rose over 6 feet in 48 hours. As a result at 10:30am on Sunday, June 21st, the Des Plaines River was at level of 9.14 feet and rising according to information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the
National Weather Service is predicting the river to crest at 9.5 feet during the early evening hours of Monday, June 22nd, this prediction includes up to .25” of rain forecasted for the overnight hours tonight.

Using available staff currently on-site, the Village has implemented sandbagging operations as of 11:00am this morning at Gurnee Grade School, as well as the lower areas along McClure Avenue, Kilbourne Road, and Emerald Avenue. The Village has NOT requested large-scale volunteer efforts at this point. Should these efforts be necessary, the Village will use its telephone mass notification system to request volunteers.

Sandbagging supplies for residents are available at Public Works, Warren Township High School north parking lot, and at the Heroes of Freedom Memorial site. Residents in need of additional information or assistance should call 847-599-6690.

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.

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 06/21/09