Lake County hit hard by rains and flooding

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The more than 4 inches of rain that have fallen over the last 36 hours has caused major flooding at the Chain O’Lakes and along the Des Plaines and Fox rivers, according to Kent McKenzie, emergency management coordinator for Lake County.

He estimated that 500 to 1,000 homes at the Chain O’Lakes could be affected by the flooding.

“We’re expecting based on forecasts from the National Weather Service that we could approach or exceed major flood stages or even record flood stages at some locations,” McKenzie said at a press conference in Libertyville Thursday. “This is a very serious situation.”

McKenzie said the county’s public works department had sent nearly 200,000 sandbags to local municipalities and townships. He added that the county was trying to obtain additional sandbags from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

“The rate with which the river is rising on the Des Plaines is very rapid,” McKenzie said. “We saw rises of nearly 3 feet since last night at the Des Plaines River gauge at Route 120.”

-Chicago Tribune Reporting

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