An attempt is being made to save Bernotas Middle School’s gym floor after it got wet. The fans are blowing.
The water was 10-12 inches deep on North Shore Drive on Monday at noon—higher than when the city Public Works Department dug the ditch.
The public works guys were trying to build a dike out of sand banks and plastic on the north side of North Shore Drive to keep the water back.
Furnaces in craw spaces are now water damaged.
Two pumps were running full blast. One appeared to be six inches and the other 3 or 4. In addition, the ditch dug thirteen days ago actually had water running through it, even though the difference in elevation between North Shore Drive and the lake is only 1¼ to 1½ inches. It only ran like a little brook for the last ten feet or so before entering Crystal Lake.
You can see water surging through the existing storm sewer. When is enters Crystal Lake, it does so through a basement window well. The shape is quite well outlined by the bulging water.
It seemed to be working fine when I looked at it before removal, but the flow was faster after it was taken down.
The warning signs to stay away are appropriate.
West Beach was down to 8 feet of sand.
Naoki Kamijima Park, located across from the Country Store where this ever-so-friendly man was murdered and west of the Lakewood Village Hall is under water.
The stream entering Crystal Lake on the northwest side of the lake has never been higher, according to a woman who grew up next to it. One of the boat piers on the east side of the stream is under water.
Lippold Park is not a suitable location for the CABA baseball tournament. The outfields of several diamonds have water near the fences.
The bike trail is under three feet of water at one point, I was told.
It appears Mother Nature is saying, “Give me back my wetlands.”
A substantial part of the commercial lot on the west side Route 14 across the street from where Woodstock Street ends and north of the property McHenry County has purchased for its new animal control shelter is inundated. I think its owner is one that sued successfully to exceed the Crystal Lake Watershed Ordinance’s 20% building/ parking lot limitation.
The clouds still threaten.
And both the Crystal Lake and McHenry County College water engineers see no problem with increasing the rate of flow to Crystal Lake.
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