Des Plaines River Update: Sunday, April 21st, 6:30 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 21, 2013

Gurnee, IL -As of 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st, the Des Plaines River is at a level of 10.85 feet and falling.  The National Weather Service currently projects that the river will likely remain in moderate flood stage over the next 48 to 72 hours.  At this time, US Route 41 has been reopened in both directions, and other roads will continue to open as water recedes. Please visit the Lake County PASSAGE website for the latest updates on road closures in the Village and across Lake County.

Impacted residents and businesses are encouraged to keep all sandbags and other protections in place until the river returns to its banks.  Village staff plans to continue monitoring the river’s level and meeting with other local government agencies including Lake County, Warren Township, Gurnee Park District, Warren Township High School District 121, Woodland School District 50 and Gurnee School District 56 to assess the situation.  Clean-up operations will begin once the river recedes enough to eliminate the possibility of immediate additional damage.  The Village will continue to update impacted residents and businesses on recovery resources as information becomes available and plans are finalized.

Currently, Fire Station No. 1 (4580 Old Grand Avenue) remains inaccessible by vehicle.  The structure remains dry and is in no present danger.  Fire Station No. 2 (6581 Dada Drive) is currently serving as the temporary headquarters for the Department.  Staff and equipment from Fire Station No. 1 continue to be temporarily housed at the Police Station (100 N. O’Plaine Road).

Unlimited landscape waste collection for residents receiving refuse collection service through Waste Management will start as planned on Monday, April 22nd.

Residents with flood-damaged items are reminded that all residents receiving service through the Village's contract with Waste Management may place one bulk item out for collection each week at no charge.  A bulk item is considered to be any item that one would take with them if they were moving (a chair, small table, mattress, etc.).  Waste Management cannot accept electronics, household chemical waste or "white goods" such as refrigerators as part of these collections.  For questions or to order a special pick-up for multiple items, please contact Waste Management at (800) 796-9696 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Special disposal arrangements will be made for those impacted in the floodplain.  Details on these arrangements will be announced within the next two days.

The Village is currently issuing updates daily as new information becomes available.  Updates will be available through the Village’s website  (www.gurnee.il.us) and its electronic listserv system, which new users may subscribe to at this link: http://www.gurnee.il.us/subscribe.  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: https://11297163.bbcportal.com.

Residents with questions regarding the flooding event 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
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lot&gage=guni2&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1

USGS Monitoring Station 05528000 Des Plaines River Near Gurnee http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?dd_cd=03&dd_cd=06&format=gif&period=31&site_no=05528000

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Contact: 

Date:               Sunday, April 21, 2013
Contact:          Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:             847-599-7514
Email:             ejensen@village.gurnee.il.us