Lake County IL Flood Situation - 12:00 p.m., July 19, 2017

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7/19/2017 12 p.m. Emergency Management Partners Update

Current Conditions

We are watching weather forecasts closely. At this time, a potential for rain is forecast over the next couple of days. SMC reports that many detention and depressional storage areas have limited capacity, therefore any additional rainfall may contribute to increased flood elevations, and slow the recession of water in flooded areas.  

With rain in the forecast through the weekend, we recommend communities to not remove sandbags from designated locations and to keep all preventative measures in place! 

Fox River/Chain O'Lakes
The Fox River gauge at New Munster, WI crested at 17.47 feet and is going down.

The Fox Lake at Lake Villa gauge remains at major flood stage at 7.77 feet, but is going down. A slow decline of water levels is expected.

The lower Fox River has crested and is going down. 

Des Plaines River
The Des Plaines River gauges at Russell, Gurnee and Lincolnshire is going down, and are expected to be at minor flood stage this weekend as long we don't see significant rain.

Disaster/Flood Resource Center to Open in Round Lake Beach

Residents impacted by the floods can come to this one-stop, resource center in Round Lake Beach to meet with trained counselors for resources, obtain housing and insurance information and other assistance. There will be Spanish interpreters available. News Release.

965 E. Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach, (The old Garden Fresh location)

Thursday, July 20,  11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided to clients.
Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lunch and dinner will be provided to clients.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon, Snacks will be provided to clients.

Donation Hotline 
The Salvation Army has created a toll-free Donation Hotline (888-369-1349). If you wish to donate items, you must call the hotline to determine if your donation is usable specifically for this flood. We are unable to accept spontaneous donations at the site, therefore you must call the hotline and use the process that has been set up for this event.

Insurance Questions
The Illinois Department of Insurance will also be on-hand to answer questions regarding insurance coverage. Bilingual support will be available. For those not able to attend the MARC, they can call the Department of Insurance Hotline at 866-445-5364 to get insurance questions answered. 


Damage Assessment

Damage Assessment Forms: You can fill out IEMA damage assessment forms to be submitted directly to the Lake County Emergency Management Agency by email at

  • Click this link to download the IA Form for private structures, such as houses or businesses: (Instructions)
  • Click this link to download the PA Form for public costs, such as debris removal, damage to buildings and parks, etc.:

If you have questions filling out these forms, contact Lake County Emergency Management at 847-377-7100.

The US Civil Air Patrol and Lake County have captured photography of the flooded areas. We created a 2017 Flood Event Viewer where the public and communities can view the photos. 

For additional resources such as inundation maps, IEMA resources, and more, please visit the Public and Partner Dashboards in Veoci.

Public Dashboard in Veoci
Partner Dashboard in Veoci


As a reminder, EMA partners are encouraged to contact Lake County Emergency Management at 847-377-7100 if you need assistance. We have the following on-hand. 

  • Sandbags
  • Clean-Up Kits (1700)
  • Assistance to identify volunteers needed to help with clean-up (*need advanced notice)
  • Assistance with locating equipment for you. 
  • Partners can submit resource requests here

Public Form For Reporting Flood Damage

Public Form

We created a form for the public to submit damages to their property so we know how they have been impacted by the recent flooding. So far, we have received over 1700 submissions. This information will be available to our partners. Please share this link with others in your community:


Mosquito protection

Flooding will result in an increase in mosquitoes. Floodwater mosquitoes are likely to reach nuisance levels about a week after flooding, but these mosquitoes are not carriers of the West Nile virus. As floodwaters recede and the weather dries out, Culex mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are likely to increase in population. Learn more at

Flood Web Page

We created a flood web page, for residents that we encourage you to share! The page features information about assistance, news and other resources for those that have been impacted by the flood. 

Reception Centers

The Red Cross has two reception centers open to assist residents displaced by flooding. The following locations will be open tonight, 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 

  • Jefferson Middle School
    600 South Lewis Avenue
    Waukegan, IL 60085.  

Office: 847-377-7100

LC Emergency Management

24-hour dispatch: 847-549-5200