The Des Plaines River is still above flood stage, after cresting last Friday. At last check it was at 9.65 feet. It will need to be at 8 feet in order for roads in the Des Plaines area to reopen.
From the air you can see just how wide-spread the flooding is in Des Plaines three days after the river crested at a record 10.92 feet.
From the ground roads look like rivers with only stranded cars as a reminder they are not.
Kevin Skier owns the Family Car Care shop in the heart of town. He was finally able to open his doors yesterday after a good cleaning.
“Thank God none of the equipment got under water, none of the cars were under water, everything was above the ground,” Skier said. “We were lucky this time.”
With all the road closures getting around town has been a traffic nightmare.
Des Plaines city officials blame part of the flooding woes on neighboring Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights for filling a 600-foot gap in a levee. They claim that move violated their permit through the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois River Lakes and Streams Act.
“They filled it up with sandbags which meant all this extra water came down to Des Plaines and Rosemont and the down-river cities, and we got more flooding because of it,” acting Des Plaines Mayor Mark Walsten told WGN.
Walsten says the waters are finally starting to recede and he is hoping to get more roads open tomorrow. He is asking residents to be patient for another couple of days.
WGN spoke with the village manager in Mount Prospect, Michael Janonis, about this permitting issue. He declined to comment on it.
Acting Mayor Walsten says Des Plaines will let the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies handle the issue. Des Plaines will stay out of it.
Meanwhile, Walsten is hoping that the waters will recede enough so that major roads like River Road can reopen — hopefully by tomorrow.