Lincolnshire faces major flooding from rain, Des Plaines River
BY Laura Pavin | Contributor April 18, 2013 12:00PM
Will Dupont, 6, (left) and his brother Thomas, 9, of Lincolnshire, ride their bikes in April down a flooded Lincolnshire Drive in Lincolnshire. Thomas said, "It's hard. It's like riding up a mountain in high gear." | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 19, 2013 2:30PM
LINCOLNSHIRE — The Village of Lincolnshire activated its Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in response to the Des Plaines River flooding.
A flood alert issued by the village at about 9 a.m. indicated that the Des Plaines River in Lincolnshire was at a level of 15.15 feet and rising and that record level flooding for communities along the river was imminent. Village officials predict the river will crest at 17.3 feet by Friday, which will cause major flooding in the village.
Village officials further noted that Londonderry Lane and Lincolnshire Drive would continue to remain closed due to the high water, and that other streets also faced the possibility of flooding.
At this time, Public Works crews were pumping water on Lincolnshire Drive at Wiltshire Drive and Londonderry Lane to reduce flooding of the areas, and working to sandbag the lift and pumping stations around Lincolnshire Drive and Londonderry Lane.
Streets and roads in areas that do not typically flood have flooded, though no specific areas were mentioned.
The possibility that storms could cause localized flash flooding of detention basins and other low-lying areas also exists.
Public Works crews reported that areas along the Des Plaines River were “berm” where the water was overflowing.
Officials furthered that the river was forecast to rise to major flood stage levels by the evening.
Rain levels were reportedly greater than the 2’’ to 3’’ the National Weather Service had predicted. Actual rain was said to have reached about 5’’ to 5.5’’ of rain county-wide within the last 24 hours.
The forecast for today was predicted to bring in an additional 1’’ to 1.5’’ of rain.
Rain is expected to occur on and off throughout today and tomorrow morning, with much of the severe storm predicted for the day tracking south toward Chicago.