Severe weather across Cook County has caused significant widespread flooding, with more severe weather forecasted to occur. Flash flooding has forced evacuations, significantly impacted homes and businesses, and closed numerous roadways. It continues to pose a distinct threat to individuals, critical infrastructure and other property.
The Des Plaines River, which lies in Cook County, is currently at 9.24 feet. The major flood stage is 9 feet. According to the National Weather Service, the Des Plaines River is predicted to crest on Friday at 11.5 feet. The rapid rise in the levels of the Des Plaines River and the continued cresting presents dangerous flooding conditions for residents and infrastructure.
“This historic level of flooding will impact many people and conditions will likely get worse before they improve in many areas,” President Preckwinkle said. “Dangerous conditions exist and it is important for residents to continue to be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution.”
The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management activated its Incident Command Center Wednesday, and it will continue operating throughout the duration of the severe weather. Cook County has been coordinating between various partners, including public, private and non-profit entities. In addition, the County has made resources available to assist jurisdictions who require aid, including providing emergency supplies and equipment
Residents should contact their local municipalities with any damage or flooding information or requests for assistance. As always, in case of a life threatening emergency dial 911. Cook County will continue coordinating with local jurisdictions and first responders on flood-related issues.