Des Plaines River Update: Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 23, 2013

Gurnee, IL - As of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd, the Des Plaines River is at a level of 9.53 feet and falling.  The National Weather Service currently projects that the Des Plaines River may enter minor flood stage as early as Wednesday, April 24th and fully return to its banks by the weekend.  At this time, Grand Avenue has been fully reopened.  Portions of Old Grand Avenue and the entirety of Kilbourne Road and Emerald Avenue remain closed until further notice.  Please visit the Lake County PASSAGE website for the latest updates on road closures in the Village and across Lake County.

Despite the rapid descent of the river level, impacted residents and businesses are still encouraged to keep sandbags and other protections in place until the river returns to its banks.  The Village anticipates full clean-up operations will begin early next week.  Impacted residents and businesses will be advised of all clean-up operations and special disposal arrangements.

At this time, the Village continues 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.

Lake County has delivered free clean-up kits to the Village for distribution to impacted residents.  Each kit contains a bucket, mop, bleach and other cleaning supplies.  Kits may be picked up by impacted residents at Fire Station No. 1 (4580 Old Grand Avenue) while supplies last.

At 8 a.m. this morning, Fire Department personnel and equipment returned to Fire Station No. 1 (4580 Old Grand Avenue), which have previously been inaccessible due to high water around the structure.  The Department found no problems with the building and was able to resume normal operations this afternoon.  Fire Station No. 2 (6581 Dada Drive) had temporarily served as the headquarters for the Department with staff and equipment from Fire Station No. 1 being housed at the Police Station (100 N. O'P'aine Road).

"Like any resident that must leave their home in an emergency, our fire personnel looked forward to moving back into their own home at Fire Station No 1.  We were welcomed at our temporary station inside the Police facility, but home is home.  We thank our neighboring communities for their assistance during this time, which ensured that all residents of Gurnee had full fire protection even if Fire Station No. 1 was not immediately accessible," Fire Chief Fred N. Friedl said regarding returning to the station.

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.

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:               Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Contact:          Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:             847-599-7514

Further Info: 

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