Governor Declares McHenry County Disaster Area, Sandbag Information

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.

Nippersink Creek water level near Spring Grove.

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.

Johnsburg water level.

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.

McHenry water level.

“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.

Algonquin water level.

“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.”

Algonquin tailwater level.

“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

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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.

Street Closures

  • Beach Drive east of Rattray Drive

Park Closures

The Algonquin Summer Concerts on July 13 and July 20 have been cancelled.

  • Cornish Park
  • Towne Park

Volunteer Information

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.

A Fox River Grove Public Works employee filing a sandbag.

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:


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

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.


Governor Declares McHenry County Disaster Area, Sandbag Information — 13 Comments

  1. Now more than ever we need a small government…tic, tock, tic, tock…

  2. That’s a great point angel, where are all the folks complaining about big government and personal responsibility?

  3. They are all busy ‘volunteering’ by filling sandbags and hauling them to people who are attempting to reduce their claims for flood damage.

    Unlike at least two people on this blog who could care less!

  4. Angel and Prarieburner please do post the photos of you helping others in this time of news. Meanwhile you’ll find us small govt types volunteering to help our neighbors. Tic tick waiting for the photos….

    Your type want a big government response like the corrupt New Orleans response. Then blame others when it invariable fails and those who do t take personal responsibility wait to be rescued.

  5. Compassionate conservatives always use the same tactic to deflect the conversation and distract from the main point of discussion. It usually comes with an accusation of some sort. Now we are supposed to show how great of volunteers we are before being allowed to express an opinion on the role of government in our lives. We are also entertained by the New Orleans example of 2005; a catastrophic case of how bad things can get when incompetent republicans are in charge of government relief agencies in which they do not believe in the first place. I ask my friend to post how many of those “corrupt responses” we have from the Obama administration. A clue for you; think 0. Remember hurricane Sandy? Probably the only thing that comes to their mind is the anger they felt when Chris Christie dared to greet president Obama in that moment of chaos and great suffering by the people of New Jersey and nearby areas. Nothing else. The facts are clear and undisputable. State agencies funded by taxpayers money are responsible for the aid our counties are receiving right now. And that is a great thing; government, which is nothing but “we, the people” is taking care of all its citizens in their moment of need. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  6. Using community volunteers to fill government-provided sand bags so people can fortify their own homes is a classic example of small government.

    Using large amounts of tax dollars to subsidize flood insurance or award grants to perform home repairs in an area where people probable shouldn’t have built in the first place is a classic example of big government.

    See the difference?

  7. The relief efforts in New Orleans bogged down because now-convicted felon Ray Nagin and his friends were in charge of the local response.

    They ignored repeated warnings to evacuate until it was too late.

    The relief efforts worked far more smoothly in Mississippi where adults were in charge.

  8. Angel R. Llavona claims to be a teacher.

    More likely he / she works for CNN and believes that people were jumping to their death in the Super Dome.

    A real teacher would know the truth about Katrina; a real teacher would be out filling sandbags.

    Had the Demonrat, Nagin, allowed the use of the school buses and a special run for Amtrak, the Convention Center would likely have been empty and the Super Dome’s use as a ‘shelter’ would not have been as over used.

    While I-10 was a traffic jam for over sixty miles, the rail line was unused. There could have been several runs by Amtrack to assist in the evacuation.

    The so-called teacher may want to spend some time comparing the Katrina disaster recovery to the Joplin tornado recovery.

    I still support total elimination of ESL in all public schools.

    Our official language is English.

    As a legal immigrant from a non-enlish speaking country, I know what it takes to become proficient in eglish – total immersion.

  9. As a follow-up: What ever happened to the investigation relative to that explosion on the levee in the 9th Ward of New Orleans after the hurricane had passed?

    The survivors who heard the explosion (residents living close to the 17th st. canal), which created a breach of three football fields, are still willing to testify but they have not been contacted yet.

  10. This is how stupid “the teacher” is. Still whining about dems vs. repubs. There is no such thing. There is such a thing as good and evil. I would bet my life that there were people that voted BOTH ways filling sandbags and helping others. Quit trying to divide on supercilious differences that do NOT exist. On the mention of Joplin – I know people from that area. The clue to their “success” was that the local “neighbors helped each other. They adamantly refused any “governmental” interference. They ran the FEMA people out of town! “Teacher” will never understand true love for your fellow man; and will continue to beat his tiny drum of socialism to the very end.

  11. Connect the Dots hit a Bull’s Eye on the toxic Llavona (pronounced Ya-vonya)

    …the human pension-pest called Llavona is actually spelled this way: Llavoña, at least that’s how he spelt it in his native Nicaragua before he hitched a ride el norte.

  12. Connect, I was there.

    Heard a couple of so called explosions.

    Knew it was transformers.

    Jefferson Parish cop with us later found out City Workers (of course), tried to hook pumping station with wrong size KW Generator and bad hookup.

    Sounds in the city were amplified because everything was down, zero urban noise.

    Lots of BS stories I’ve heard since, that’s one of them.

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