Des Plaines River Update: Monday, April 22nd, 5:00 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 22, 2013

Gurnee, IL - As of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd, the Des Plaines River is at a level of 10.19 feet and falling.  The National Weather Service currently projects that the river will remain in moderate flood stage but continue receding over the next 24 hours.  The Village feels confident that Grand Avenue will be reopened to traffic on Tuesday, April 23rd.  Other routes including portions of Old Grand Avenue and the entirety of Kilbourne Road and Emerald Avenue will reopen once the river returns to its banks.  Please visit the Lake County PASSAGE website for the latest updates on road closures in the Village and across Lake County.

At this time, the Village is investigating the extent of the damage to impacted structures and the current status of impacted residents and businesses.  This information will be used to help direct recovery resources as they become available and complete the damage assessment process.

The Village anticipates that Red Cross clean-up kits will become available to impacted residents within the next 48 hours.  Lake County is currently coordinating the delivery of kits to individual sites, and the Village will issue them to residents.  Full details on how to receive a kit will be announced when they become available.

As a reminder, 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.  The Village will also 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 is 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).  The Village anticipates that personnel and equipment will be able to return to Fire Station No. 1 and have normal operations resume within the next two days.

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 in the near future.

The Village is currently issuing updates daily as new information becomes available.  Updates will be available through the Village’s 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 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:               Monday, April 22, 2013
Contact:          Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:             847-599-7514

Further Info: 

For previous Village updates as well as other links, please visit the Village's 2013 Flood Information page.