Lake County Flood Situation

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Craig Taylor, District 19

March 31, 2017

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Lake County Flood Situation

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.

Safety Reminders
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 on roads.
  • 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.

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