Des Plaines River Update - July 28th, 2011
The Des Plaines River is currently at 6.11 feet as of 8:30am this morning (7/28). This is a 4 foot increase since yesterday morning at 8:00am. The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently predicting the river to crest at 6.8 feet late Thursday/early Friday, with it receding slowing shortly thereafter. Showers and thunderstorms are likely today and tonight, with up to an additional 0.8" of rain. This additional precipitation is included in the crest prediction. At this time we do not anticipate we will have issues related to the Des Plaines River flooding. We will continue to monitor the river level and forecast and send out updates as warranted. Should circumstances change, we do have the necessary supplies on-hand including pre-filled sandbags.
In addition, a Flood Warning remains in effect for northern Lake County until 3:30pm today. A Flood Warning is issued to inform the public of flooding along larger streams in which there is a serious threat to life or property.
The current forecast prediction tomorrow through Tuesday is looking favorable with an abundance of sunshine and only slight chances of precipitation.
As a reminder, 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.
Residents interested in monitoring the Des Plaines River Level can visit: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lot&gage=guni2
The Village has had some reports of flooded basements. Residents with items to dispose of beyond the one extra item allowed outside the cart should contact Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696 and request a Bulk Pick-up Estimate. Bulk Pick-up is currently $17.89 per cubic yard. Due to EPA regulations, appliances cannot be disposed of in any Illinois landfills. This includes refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, etc. To dispose of them, please contact 1-800-GOT-JUNK or Environmental Field Services at 1-800-480-4337.