News Release: Update Lake County Continuing to Monitor Local Flooding

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May 23, 2020

Update: Lake County Continuing to Monitor Local Flooding

Earlier this week, Lake County received heavy rainfall, which caused flooding to river basins, roads, and properties throughout Lake County. All of our major river basins remain in flood stage. The Des Plaines and Chicago River basins have begun to recede, although water levels remain high. The Chain O’Lakes began cresting at 6.36 feet yesterday. In response, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) lowered its flood alert status from "Orange" to "Yellow," but staff are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast

While the weather forecast remains uncertain, forecasters expect some rain and potential thunderstorms over Lake County starting Saturday afternoon through early next week. It's unclear how this rain will affect the already high river levels throughout the county. Residents should monitor weather forecasts and take extra precautions over the next few days to reduce the amount of water that gets close to their home.

Before the storms, residents should take time to:

  • Check their gutters to ensure they are free from debris
  • Clear storm drains  
  • Inspect the foundation of their home for any cracks that would allow water to seep through 
  • Check their sump pump and make sure it's running smoothly

There are a number of other things residents can do to better protect their property. View these floodproofing tips to learn more.  

Lake County SMC will continue to monitor water levels and the weather forecast and will provide information if there are any significant updates. Residents can view river levels in their area by visiting this National Weather Service web page. Residents can also find Chain O'Lakes and Fox River water levels on the Fox Waterway Agency's website


Alex Carr
Communication Coordinator