Lake County IL Flood Situation - 11:00 a.m., July 14, 2017

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7/14/17 11:00 a.m. Emergency Management Partners Update

Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are in Lake County today to view the impact of flooding throughout our communities. We briefed them this morning on the current flooding situation at our Emergency Operations Center. 

The numbers indicated below are only structures that are projected to be impacted by the flooding on the Fox River, Chain O'Lakes and Des Plaines River. We will provide numbers on those impacted by flash flooding once we have received damage assessments from communities. 


Even though the weather forecast looks promising over the next couple of days, we are still monitoring flooding of several rivers, streams and lakes in Lake County that is taking place over the next couple of days. 

Fox River/Chain O'Lakes
Those who live along or near the Fox River and Chain O'Lakes should continue to prepare for high water over the next several days. 

The Fox River at New Munster, WI has crested at 17.5 feet and is going down. This location is three feet higher than the 2013 flood. 

Fox Lake at Lake Villa is currently at 6.8 feet and is predicted to crest at 8.2 feet between July 16-17. The predicted crest is higher than the 2013 flood

Approximately 3943 structures on the Fox River Watershed are projected to be impacted. 

View Chain O'Lakes and Fox River Inundation Maps that show where flooding may occur. 

Des Plaines River
The Des Plaines River at Russell is currently at 12.05 feet and is predicted to crest at 12.1 feet today. 

At Gurnee, the current stage is 11.19 feet, which is above major flood stage. A crest of 11.9 feet is forecast to occur tomorrow afternoon. 

At Lincolnshire, the first crest was at 16.5 feet and has been falling since. The current forecast model indicates water levels to increase again today and have a second crest of 17 feet Saturday afternoon. However, based on a correlation with the 2013 flood event, the Des Plaines River around Lincolnshire MAY have crested. Levels in Libertyville and Lincolnshire were reported to be holding or decreasing. The discrepancy between the forecast, observations, and historic data are being discussed with the National Weather Service. 

Approximately 1684 structures on the Des Plaines River Watershed are projected to be impacted. 

*We are currently working on Des Plaines River Inundation Maps, and will make them available as soon as possible. 

North Libertyville Estates
The levee is stable and at this time evacuation is not anticipated.

Emergency Management

EOC Management Coordination Teams are reaching out to all communities today to specifically obtain status updates and coordinate with local Emergency Management Partners. It is imperative that local communities provide contact information for a representative that can report on the current level of damage to structures, critical infrastructure and roadways; and any closures of schools or businesses.

In turn, Lake County can obtain information from communities regarding the need for supplies and equipment that the County can provide.  This includes:

We also posted several additional resources that we encourage you to view. This includes IEMA flood forms, a disaster proclamation template, and more. View Resources

*Lake County Emergency Management can be reached at 847-377-7100*

Reception Centers

The Red Cross opened three reception centers to assist residents displaced by flooding yesterday. The following locations will be open today, and Red Cross will assess the need for reception centers on a day-by-day basis. 

  • Magee Middle School
    500 N. Cedar Lake Road
    Round Lake 

  • The Chapel
    25270 IL Route 60

  • Foss Park Golf Course (This reception center is scheduled to close at 1 p.m. The Red Cross is working on providing another reception center in this area).
    3124 Argonne Dr.
    North Chicago


While many roadways have been able to open back up for travel, there are still road closures throughout the county. For updated road conditions, please visit Lake County PASSAGE at or listen to 1620 AM. It is dangerous to drive through water. Motorists should remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. 

Office: 847-377-7100

LC Emergency Management

24-hour dispatch: 847-549-5200