A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:
Governor Rauner Issues State Disaster Proclamation for Lake, McHenry, Kane Counties for Flooding
Directs Activation of State Emergency Operations Center As Needed to Expedite Resource Deployment
SPRINGFIELD – As reports indicate potential record flooding in the coming days, Governor Bruce Rauner today issued a state disaster proclamation for Lake, McHenry and Kane counties to ensure continued state support to communities as they recover from the recent heavy rains.
Rauner’s disaster proclamation comes as the state has already coordinated the delivery of 350,000 sandbags as requested by Lake County and is sending another 250,000 sandbags and plastic to an Illinois Department of Transportation yard in northern Illinois.
Governor Rauner also directed Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director James K. Joseph to activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) as needed over the weekend and into next week to coordinate any requests for assistance from flood-impacted communities.
“These counties were hit with flash and river flooding caused by more than seven inches of rain over a couple of days,” Governor Rauner said.
“The first responders have done a tremendous job protecting public health and safety. IEMA has been working closely with the emergency managers in these counties. This proclamation will ensure that we continue to provide whatever assistance is needed now and in the coming days as they begin recovery efforts.”
“IEMA and state agencies currently are working together with the affected counties to proactively identify potential resource needs and allocate the necessary state resources,” said Joseph.
For updates on the current situation, visit the Ready Illinois website at www.ready.illinois.gov.
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The Village of Algonquin offers the following information:
National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Fox River at the Algonquin tailwater affecting Kane and McHenry Counties. As of 2:30 p.m. on July 14, 2017, the Fox River is at a 11.28 feet, which will begin to cause moderate flooding in the floodplain.
With current National Weather Service predictions of the river cresting at 13.0 feet at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Village is issuing notice to the residents in the floodplain that a flood with the potential to damage property is likely and that sandbagging is encouraged directly. Sandbags are available for residents at various locations adjacent to the flood plain areas (see below).
At this time, the Village does not see an immediate need to leave the area, but residents are encouraged to monitor the quickly changing conditions and to take appropriate actions, including possible relocation.
- Beach Drive east of Rattray Drive
The Algonquin Summer Concerts on July 13 and July 20 have been cancelled.
- Cornish Park
- Towne Park
Those interested in volunteering may report the Algonquin Public Works Facility (110 Meyer Drive) to check-in during the following time frames:
- Friday, July 14: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, July 15: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 16: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sandbag Supply Locations
- La Fox River Drive @ Cornish Park
- Center Street @ IL Route 31
- Filip Road @ END
- Beach Drive @ Rattray Drive
- Oceola Drive @ Hubbard Street
- Riverfront Park
- Lowe Drive @ Melvina Court
- Lowe Drive @ Lehigh Street
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The Village of Fox River Grove provides this information:
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a
Sandbags Available for Residents
Flood Warning for the Fox River at Algonquin Tailwater until further notice.
At 10:30 AM Wednesday the stage was 9.7 feet.
Flood stage is 9.5 feet.
Minor flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecast.
Forecast – the river will continue rising to near 13.3 feet by Saturday afternoon, then begin falling.
Village residents along the Fox River can pick up sandbags in the lobby at the Police Department – just ask for a Police Officer to assist.
Sandbags are limited to 25 bags per resident.
Sand will be available to fill bags at the water tower on Algonquin Road or the park located on North River Road at Lincoln Avenue.
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Algonquin Township Road District had a four bag filling machine delivered from DuPage County Friday night.
There is a pile of sand and plenty of sandbags at the end of the sandbag signs.
At 9 Saturday filling will begin.
Volunteers are solicited.
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Nunda Township’s Road District had two four chute sandbag filling machines which were operating until 10 PM Friday and scheduled to begin operation again at 7 AM.
Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance reported as of 7 PM Friday night 35,000 sandbags had been distributed.
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Johnsburg sent this message:
SAND AND SANDBAG AVAILABILITY
The Village has placed sand and sandbags in the parking lots at the following locations:
- The Wave – 3309 N. Chapel Hill Road
- Sunnyside Park (by the Village Hall) – Channel Beach Avenue
- The intersection of River Terrace Drive and Lewis Lane
For additional flood safety and management resources, please visit www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/emergency-management/flooding
CLICK HERE for updates and water level information from the Fox Waterway Agency. (This website may be experiencing difficulty due to the high volume of people trying to access the site).
Call the McHenry Township Road District at 815-385-3076 if you need emergency assistance with sandbags. The answering service will contact someone on call.