Des Plaines River Update: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 24, 2013

Gurnee, IL - As of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24th, the Des Plaines River is at 9.04 feet and falling.  The National Weather Service currently projects that the Des Plaines River will return to minor flood stage sometime overnight and may fully recede to its banks by the weekend.  At this time, Old Grand Avenue and Kilbourne Road have been reopened.  Emerald Avenue remains closed.  Please visit the Lake County PASSAGE website for the latest updates on road closures in the Village and across Lake County.

Despite the 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 clean-up operations and special disposal arrangements via automated telephone call on Thursday, April 25th.

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 this time, the Village will discontinue regular updates on this event.  Should any additional releases be necessary, they will be transmitted through the press release and emergency & flood notification listservs.  Users not currently subscribed to those listservs can add them by going to the bottom of this e-mail and clicking, "Update your Information and Subscriptions."  New users may subscribe to the Village's electronic listservs at this link:

Should emergency notification become necessary, the Village will 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.

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Date:               Wednesday, April 24, 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.