As of 9:00 a.m. on September 12th, 2019 the Des Plaines River was at level of 7.05 feet according to reporting information provided by the National Weather Service (NWS). The river forecast has levels increase through the weekend with a crest of potentially over 7.5 feet. This crest does not include the predicted 0.5" of rainfall in the forecast for Thursday night or the volume of rain received in the Kenosha area, which could increase levels above 9 feet.
At this time the Village simply wants to make area residents and businesses aware of the situation and begin taking precautionary measures. The Village does not see an immediate need to leave the area. Sandbag materials are available for residents at the Gurnee Public Works facility (1151 Kilbourne Road).
Village staff will be monitoring levels throughout the week and we are prepared for a flood response should conditions change.
The Des Plaines River spills over its banks at approximately 7.0 feet, problems with roadway access along McClure Avenue, Emerald Avenue, and Kilbourne Road occur at approximately 8.5 feet.
If you begin to have water come into your basement, please remember to take extreme caution for possible electric shock. The Village would like to urge anyone with flooded basements to contact the Village of Gurnee or ComEd to have the power disconnected prior to entering the basement. From 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday call the Village of Gurnee at (847) 599-7550. After business hours, contact ComEd at (800) 334-7661.
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River heights and crest predictions may be found through this web page: