Des Plaines River Update - June 22, 2009, 4:00 P.m.

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Jun 22, 2009
GURNEE, IL - June 22, 2009 - As of 1:30pm on Monday, June 22nd, the Des Plaines River was at level of 9.34 feet and slowly rising according to information provided by the National Weather Service. Currently, the National Weather Service is predicting the river to crest at 9.8 feet during the daytime hours of Tuesday, June 23rd. To the north, the Des Plaines River at Russell was at 9.90 feet and has appeared to have crested and is starting to recede very slowly. Village staff continues to diligently monitor the River and weather forecast. Should the need arise, supplies are on hand to implement further sandbagging efforts.

Sandbagging supplies for residents continue to be available at the Public Works facility, 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.

Sandbagging operations were implemented at 11:00am yesterday morning at Gurnee Grade School, as well as the lower areas along McClure Avenue, Kilbourne Road, and Emerald Avenue. Sandbagging efforts were completed by late afternoon 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 9.5 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 06/22/09