• Jun 27, 2018, 16:05 PM

Des Plaines River Update - 4:00 P.M. June 27, 2018

Public Notice –  4:00 P.M. June 27, 2018 River Update

As of 4:00 p.m. on June 27, 2018 the Des Plaines River was at level of 9.4 feet according to reporting information provided by the National Weather Service (NWS). The National Weather Service has increased the predicted crest height to 9.6' on Wednesday. Several local roads have water on the pavement and homes on Kilbourne Road are beginning to have water near the foundations. The predicted crest height will not result in overland flooding entering the living space to any homes, however, groundwater infiltration is expected to become a concern in crawlspaces and basements.

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.

Village staff will be monitoring levels throughout the weekend and we are prepared for a flood response should conditions change.

We do not see a need for preventative action at this time, but bulk sandbagging materials are available at the Public Works Facility (1151 Kilbourne Road) for residents and businesses.

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. Grand Avenue and some homes near the river become impacted at approximately 9.5 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 through Friday, call the Village of Gurnee at (847) 599-7588, 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: