Breaking News Bar
updated: 4/19/2013 11:09 AM

Flooding continues, Des Plaines River to crest today

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Video: Flooding closes Rawson Bridge

  • Eric Chesler, left, with the Nunda Township Highway Department, and volunteer Greg Tricker deliver sandbags to homeowners on Rawson Bridge Road along the Fox River Friday morning.

       Eric Chesler, left, with the Nunda Township Highway Department, and volunteer Greg Tricker deliver sandbags to homeowners on Rawson Bridge Road along the Fox River Friday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Krueger fills sandbags at his Rawson Bridge Road in Nunda Township near Island Lake Friday morning. Rising Fox River waters has closed the road which crosses over the Fox River.

       Paul Krueger fills sandbags at his Rawson Bridge Road in Nunda Township near Island Lake Friday morning. Rising Fox River waters has closed the road which crosses over the Fox River.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Rawson Bridge Road, just west of Roberts Road near Island Lake, has been closed due to rising Fox River waters.

       Rawson Bridge Road, just west of Roberts Road near Island Lake, has been closed due to rising Fox River waters.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteers work with the Nunda Township Highway Department Greg Tricker to deliver sandbags to homeowners on Rawson Bridge Road along the Fox River Friday morning.

       Volunteers work with the Nunda Township Highway Department Greg Tricker to deliver sandbags to homeowners on Rawson Bridge Road along the Fox River Friday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Sandbags sit in reserve at Riverside Park as the Des Plaines River continues to rise Friday morning in Libertyville.

       Sandbags sit in reserve at Riverside Park as the Des Plaines River continues to rise Friday morning in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Much of the Riverside Golf Course in Libertyville is under water as the Des Plaines River overflowed it's banks Friday morning

       Much of the Riverside Golf Course in Libertyville is under water as the Des Plaines River overflowed it's banks Friday morning
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

As residents near the Des Plaines River wait for the water to crest Friday, those along the Fox River are looking to the north to see when they will be deluged with flooding.

Right now, all eyes are on the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines, where the National Weather Service expects the river to crest at 11 feet by 1 p.m. today, affecting roughly 5,600 single-family homes and condominium units just west of the river. Water levels are currently at 10.85 feet, according to city officials.

Updates are available from the National Weather Service Advanced Hydraulic Prediction service.

The record in Des Plaines is 10.9 feet, about 6-feet over flood levels.

As of Thursday night, 13 homes had been evacuated along Hawthorne Lane and Big Bend Drive due to flooding. Fire department personnel continue to evacuate Big Bend Drive, Hawthorne Lane, Hawthorne Terrace, and Junior Terrace, city officials said this morning.

A shelter has been opened at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., the largest facility in town, where the Red Cross will help evacuees with necessities.

The weather service said river levels have peaked at 4 feet over flood stage in Lincolnshire, and should start falling by the end of the day. However, gauges in Gurnee show river levels have reached 4 feet over flood stage, and are increasing.

A new forecast is expected to released later this morning, officials at the weather service said.

Numerous schools in the area announced they would be closed this morning. Among them are schools in Naperville, Lisle, Libertyville and Des Plaines. People can see whether their district is closed by checking out the Emergency Closing Center.

The Chain O' Lakes is currently at 6.7 feet, or about 18 inches over flood stage, according to the United States Geological Survey.

However, the National Weather Service is predicting the Fox River at New Munster Wis., will crest at 5 feet over flood stage Saturday evening. That water is expected to reach the northern most section of Illinois on Monday afternoon, then flow into the Chain O' Lakes overnight Monday.

When that water arrives, it will cause the Chain to rise even higher, officials expect.

All of that water will head south along the Fox River to Algonquin, Fox River Grove and eventually Elgin.

Road closures due to flooding remain throughout the region, in DuPage, Lake and Cook counties. Motorists are urged to not drive through flooded streets, and always remember the phrase "Don't drown, turn around."

In addition, Naperville has shut down the use of all bridges in downtown. People are urged to completely avoid the downtown area.

Governor Pat Quinn has declared 38 counties state disaster areas after surveying flood damage caused by several days of severe storms and heavy rainfall across much of Illinois.

The disaster declaration will accelerate and expand access to state emergency resources, as well as allow the state to formally pursue federal relief and support. "Illinois has seen an incredible level of devastation and reports indicate that conditions will get worse in the coming days," Quinn said. "We want to ensure that every county gets the assistance they need and this declaration will give every affected community access to available resources. As we wait for the floods to pass, all Illinois residents should continue to take precautions, and stay off the roads if possible."

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.