Lake County IL Flood Situation - 12:45 p.m., July 21, 2017

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7/21/2017 12:45 p.m. Emergency Management Partners Update

Current Conditions

We are watching weather forecasts closely. The storms that passed through Lake County on Thursday brought less than an inch of rain and did not have any real effect on river levels. The primary concern today is the uncertainty of the weekend weather forecast, which calls for a potential of severe storms overnight Friday and into Saturday with the potential to produce gusty winds and torrential rainfall. The three-day forecast shows a total of two to three inches of rain across Lake County and southeast Wisconsin over the upper Des Plaines and Fox River watersheds.

As a result, there is a significant threat of localized flooding/flash flooding, and potential for increased river levels depending on the placement of the storm. 

Lake County EOC

Staff will be working in the Lake County EOC on Saturday, and we will re-evaluate staffing for Sunday depending on the impact from tonight’s storm. 

Disaster/Flood Resource Center to Open in Round Lake Beach

Residents impacted by the flood and in need of resources and assistance can come to a one-stop-shop in Round Lake Beach today and tomorrow. The address is 965 East Rollins Road. They can also get free food and household items. On Thursday, more than 400 families were served, and we expect a high turnout again today

The Center is open Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – Noon. For information, call 847-377-7100.  

Bus Service
There is a free bus service to take people from the Waukegan area to the Resource Center. Bus service is provided at Catholic Charities, 671 S. Lewis Avenue, Waukegan at the following times:

Friday - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday- 10 a.m. Only

Participating Agencies
Organizations represented at the resource center include: The Red Cross, Salvation Army, Lake County government (report damage), Lake County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Insurance, Lake County townships, Lutheran Church Charities, Mano- A Mano, the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Catholic Charities Lake County, Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Hispanic American Community Education and Services, Habitat for Humanity, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Prairie State Legal Services, Southern Baptists, St. Vincent DePaul, TLS Veterans, the YWCA, Tzu Chi Foundation, NICASA Behavioral Health Services, the Youth Conservation Corps and Area Agency on Aging.



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. Our 2017 Flood Event Viewer now has photos over the Fox River, Lake County Stormwater Management ground photos, and drone captures. 

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 
  • 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 nearly 2500 submissions. This information will be available to our partners. Please share this link with others in your community:

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 one reception center open to assist residents displaced by flooding. This center will be open today, and the Red Cross will assess the need for reception centers on a day-by-day basis. 

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

Office: 847-377-7100

LC Emergency Management

24-hour dispatch: 847-549-5200