Des Plaines River Update: Wednesday, April 17th, 6:00 p.m.

For Release: 
Apr 17, 2013

GURNEE, IL – As of 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th, the Des Plaines River is at a level of 8.34 feet and rising.  At this time, the Village has issued notice to all residents and businesses in the floodplain that sandbagging operations will stop after 9 p.m. this evening.  Emerald Avenue and Kilbourne Road will be officially closed this evening at the same time.  Based on the current river forecasts, the Village cannot guarantee any additional sandbagging assistance to those choosing to remain in the floodplain area. However, sandbags will be made available for any residents or businesses that may remain in need at the Gurnee Public Works Facility (1151 Kilbourne Road).

Should flooding begin impacting local homes and businesses, residents and business owners are reminded to take extreme caution to avoid electric shock.  Flooded basements should be reported to the Village’s Flood Hotline at (847) 599-6640 in order to have power disconnected.

While the Village is primarily monitoring the river, a large rainfall may also potentially create localized flooding in other areas of the Village.  The Village requests that residents and businesses check the stormwater culverts and inlets near their homes or places of business and remove any debris which may restrict the flow of water.  Flooded areas should also be reported to the Village’s Flood Hotline at (847) 599-6640.

The Village thanks the roughly 25 to 30 volunteers and the 100 naval recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes for their efforts and time during today's sandbagging operations.  Naval aid was made possible with the assistance of Senator Mark Kirk’s office.

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:



Date:        Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Contact:   Erik Jensen, Management Analyst
Phone:     847-599-7514