Intense rain over the past few days has caused minor flooding in
some areas of Lake County. Lake County departments, including the Stormwater
Management Commission and Lake County Emergency Management Agency have been
closely monitoring the threat of minor flooding. Current forecasts
indicate that river levels are not likely to rise in Lake County to the point
where structures are threatened.
Des Plaines River
- The Des Plaines River at
Russell is currently at 7.31 feet and rising slowly. The river is expected
to drop below minor flood stage by Thursday, April 6. Localized flooding,
especially lawns of private homes being inundated with water is expected,
and some roadways with “dips” could experience some standing water.
- The Des Plaines River at Gurnee
is currently at 7.26 feet, and is projected to fall below minor flood
stage on Sunday. Structural flooding does not occur until a level of nine
feet or higher is reached at both Russell and Gurnee.
- The Des Plaines River at
Lincolnshire is currently at 12.15 feet and is predicted to crest (which
means that the water is at the highest level and will begin to recede) at
12.6 feet on Saturday, and then fall steadily through next week.
Chain O’Lakes and Fox River
- The Chain O’Lakes is
approaching summer pool range earlier than normal, and will continue to
rise to around five feet by mid-week as more water continues to flow in than
can flow out.
- Flooding is not anticipated on
the lower Fox River in Lake County.
North Branch of Chicago River
- Heavy rains caused a brief
spike in water levels along the North Branch of the Chicago River and
tributaries, but no flood damage has been reported.
Whether on the roadways or at home, here are a couple safety
reminders in case you experience flooding.
- Do not attempt to enter or
cross flooded streams or rivers, and do not drive through standing water
- Before re-entering a flooded
home or basement, make sure that no electrical or other safety hazards,
such as leaking gas, exist.
- Do not eat food that has been
exposed to floodwaters, unless the food is in cans. Thoroughly wash
off sealed cans in good condition. Immerse the cans in a bleach
disinfecting solution made by mixing two teaspoons of household bleach per
gallon of water for at least five minutes. All spoiled foods and
leaky or bulged cans should be discarded.
Road Conditions and Traffic with Lake County PASSAGE
View a map of road conditions and events,
including crashes, stalls, debris, and other roadway incidents, and see camera
images of major intersections at www.lakecountypassage.com. iPhone and Android users
can also download PASSAGE apps. PASSAGE: 847-377-7000