Press Release: Des Plaines River Update, Friday, April 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

For Release: 
Apr 19, 2013

GURNEE, IL – As of 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19th, the Des Plaines River is at level of 11.05 feet.  At this point, the river has entered "major flood stage" and continues to impact structures and roads in the Village.  The National Weather Service projects that the river will remain high through the weekend at least.  Staff will continue to monitor the situation at this time.

Yesterday, Mayor Kristina M. Kovarik signed a declaration of emergency as a result of flooding.  This was forwarded to the Lake County Emergency Management Agency to be processed with other municipal emergency declarations from across the County.

Roughly 40 structures have been impacted in the Village by the flooding so far.  The following routes remain closed or will be closed in the near future:

  • US Route 41 between Delany Road and IL Route 21 (northbound lanes closed, southbound lanes restricted to one lane due to water on pavement).
  • Grand Avenue between IL Route 21 and US Route 41.
  • O'Plaine Road between Washington Street and Old Grand Avenue.
  • Old Grand Avenue, Emerald Avenue and Kilbourne Road (entirely closed).

The Village's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains open.  The EOC is a centralized unit of core Village staff dedicated to coordinating the operations of the Village throughout any emergency event.  The Village is taking all steps necessary to ensure that emergency and core services continue seamlessly through this event.  All core services remain operational.

At this time, Fire Station No. 1 (4580 Old Grand Ave) is inaccessible.  The structure remains dry and is in no present danger.  Fire Station No. 2 (6581 Dada) is currently serving as the temporary headquarters for the Department.  Equipment and manpower from Fire Station No. 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.
At this time, the Village does not require any volunteer support.  The Village appreciates and thanks the efforts of the roughly 70 local volunteers and the naval recruits who participated in sandbagging operations that began Tuesday, April 17th.  Any additional need will be announced on the Village's website.

During the morning hours, the Village issued a request to residents to collect pictures of river and flash flooding throughout the Village.  These pictures help the Village better predict where flooding may occur in the future and locate areas of poor drainage.  These pictures may be e-mailed to  Residents are asked to include the date, time and location for the Village's reference.

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:

NWS Hydrologic Prediction - DesPlaines River 3 SW Gurnee,1,1,1,1,1,1,1
USGS Monitoring Station 05528000 Des Plaines River Near Gurnee




Date:        Friday, April 19, 2013
Contact:   Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:     847-599-7514