2019 Illinois River Flooding Information

2019 Illinois River Flooding Information

5-4-19 9:00am – The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding Illinois River Flooding.  The Illinois River has crested and water levels in the Village are currently receding.  The National Weather Service forecast includes undetermined amounts of rain over the next 5-7 days and the Illinois River remains at elevated levels.

Please note that is in the past, the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest.  Additional rainfall at any time during the next seven days could cause the River to start to rise again.

The Village of North Utica will continue to monitor the Illinois River and urges all businesses and property owners in the affected areas to remain alert to the weather conditions.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access is not allowed without police permission.

5-3-19 9:00am – The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regardingthe area south of Washington St. due to the continued potential for Illinois River Flooding.  Although the Army Corp of Engineers data shows that the River is near cresting at the Starved Rock Lock and Dam, there is a delay to when a crest is seen in the Village.
Due to the Village’s unique situation, until the crest passes Utica, there is a
potential to see an additional 1 – 1 ½ feet of water from 9:00 am on Friday morning,
specifically in the low lying areas near Johns St., Hitt St., Washington St. and Water St.

The crest in Utica may not happen until late morning or mid-day on Saturday, May 4th.
This situation will continue to have impacts on properties in low lying areas as well as
general business and travel through the affected area, although Rt. 178 is expected
to remain open throughout the community. Moreover, please note that as in the past,
the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest. Additional rainfall at any time during
the next seven days could cause the River to start to rise again.

The Village of North Utica will continue to monitor the Illinois River and urges all businesses and property owners in the affected areas to remain alert to the weather conditions.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access is not allowed without police permission.

5-2-19 9:00am – The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding voluntary evacuation of the area south of Washington St. due to the potential for Illinois River Flooding.  The Army Corp of Engineers has released their latest projection that the River will crest as soon as late tonight or early Friday morning.

The projected elevation of the Crest is less than THREE feet below the 2-prior record floods to the Village.  The current projected elevation of 465 could have a potential for flooding which could impact properties in low lying areas as well as general business and travel through the affected area.  Moreover, please note that as in the past, the Illinois River recedes very slowly after a crest. Additional rainfall at any time during the next seven days could cause the River to start to rise again.

The Army Corp will continue to release new projections as things change.  We will continue to update everyone as information becomes available. However, due to all of the current information that we have received to date as well as the uncertainty of upcoming weather conditions, the Village is proceeding with this immediate Notice of Voluntary Evacuation in the affected areas.  Village Officials and Emergency Personnel strongly recommend that all property owners in the affected areas move toward Voluntary Evacuation at this time. The affected areas are generally the same areas that were impacted both in 2008 and in 2013 in any of the low-lying areas south of Washington St. towards the river. We urge all businesses and property owners in the affected areas to remain alert to the weather conditions.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access is not allowed without police permission.

 

5-1-19  12:30 pm – The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding the potential for Illinois River and Clark Run Creek flooding.  Due to the information we continue to receive, along with the uncertainty of the upcoming weather conditions, there will be an emergency meeting of the Village Board of Trustees today May 1st 2019 at 4:00pm, to discuss potential future flood impacts to the Village of North Utica. Those residents and businesses located in areas south of I&M Canal to the Illinois River as well as anyone residing near Clark Run Creek are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting to get more information.  The meeting will take place at the Village Hall located at 801 S. Clark Street.