Des Plaines River Update - July 29th, 2011
The Des Plaines River is currently at 6.89 feet as of 8:30am this morning (7/29) and appears to have crested. At this time we do not anticipate we will have issues related to the Des Plaines River flooding. The Des Plaines River to our north in Russell crested at 5.73 feet on Thursday and has receded to a level of 5.56 feet as of 8:00am today. We will continue to monitor the river level and forecast and send out updates as warranted. Should circumstances change, we do have the necessary supplies on-hand including pre-filled sandbags.
A Flood Advisory remains in effect for the Des Plaines River in/near Gurnee. A Flood Advisory means minor flooding is possible and rivers are forecast to exceed bankfull. Residents in the Advisory area should remain alert to possible flooding or the possibility of the Advisory being upgraded to a Warming.
The current forecast predictions are looking favorable with an abundance of sunshine today and Saturday, with slight chances of precipitation Sunday and Monday.
As a reminder, the Des Plaines spills over its banks at approximately 7.0 feet, problems with roadway access along Emerald Avenue and Kilbourne Road occur at approximately 8.5 feet, and buildings are impacted at 9.0 feet.
Residents interested in monitoring the Des Plaines River Level can visit: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lot&gage=guni2
The Village has had some reports of flooded basements. Residents with items to dispose of beyond the one extra item allowed outside the cart should contact Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696 and request a Bulk Pick-up Estimate. Bulk Pick-up is currently $17.89 per cubic yard. Due to EPA regulations, appliances cannot be disposed of in any Illinois landfills. This includes refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, etc. To dispose of them, please contact 1-800-GOT-JUNK or Environmental Field Services at 1-800-480-4337.