• Sep 13, 2019, 09:30 AM

Des Plaines River Update: 9:30 AM - Friday, September 13th

As of 9:30 a.m. on September 13th, 2019 the Des Plaines River was at level of 9.36 feet according to reporting information provided by the National Weather Service (NWS). The Gurnee area received 5.13 inches of rain in the last 48 hours and a seven day rainfall total of over 7.20 inches. There currently is potential for river levels to reach over 10 feet over the weekend.

At this time the Village wants to make area residents and businesses aware of the situation and begin taking precautionary measures for properties in the floodplain. 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 have taken the precautionary steps of ordering additional sandbagging supplies and securing flood protection barriers in the event  river levels increase beyond current NWS forecasts.

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.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the Village at (847) 599-7550. You can receive regular periodic electronic notices on this and other issues via e-mail by registering at:


River heights and crest predictions may be found through this web page:



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