Press Release: Des Plaines River Update - Thursday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 18, 2013

GURNEE, IL – As of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th, the Des Plaines River is at level of 10.41 feet and rising.  Rainfall ended unexpectedly this morning, relieving flash flooding across the area this afternoon.  The Village went door-to-door in the area of Emerald Avenue, Kilbourne Road and Old Grand Avenue this morning strongly encouraging residents to leave the area as the river level is expected to rise.  At this time, badges are required for entry to this area.  Residents and businesses located in the floodplain can obtain badges at the Gurnee Police Station this evening and from Village Hall on Friday, April 19th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the rainfall has dissipated, localized flooding has decreased throughout the Village.  Route 41 has been reopened in all directions, but the remaining routes are closed:

  • Grand Avenue between IL Route 21 and O'Plaine Road (closed).
  • Grand Avenue between O'Plaine Road and First Street (to be completely reopened in the near future).
  • Kilbourne Road between Grand Avenue and Route 41 (closed).
  • Old Grand Avenue between Depot Road and Grand Avenue (closed).

At this time, water is approaching Fire Station 1 (4580 Old Grand Ave).  In anticipation of possibly losing vehicular access, the Gurnee Fire Department has designated Fire Station #2 (6581 Dada) as the temporary headquarters for the Department.  Equipment and manpower from Fire Station #1 have been relocated to the Police Station (100 N. O'Plaine Road) for the time being.  This will not result in any reduction in service.

Roughly 15 volunteers assembled sandbags at Viking School for use at businesses along Old Grand Avenue while naval recruits aided in barricading the Gurnee Legion Hall.  The Village appreciates their time and efforts.

The Village will continue to provide periodic updates and press releases regarding the current event through its website ( and its electronic listserv system, which new users may subscribe to at this link:  Should emergency notification become necessary, the Village will also utilize the Blackboard Connect automated telephone system to communicate with residents and businesses.  New users may subscribe to this service by visiting this link:

Residents with questions regarding the flooding event or volunteering are encouraged to contact the Village at (847) 599-6640.  Questions regarding this update may also be directed to that number.

River heights and crest predictions may also be found at:



Date:        Thursday, April 17, 2013
Contact:   Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:     847-599-7514