2020 Illinois River Flooding Information

2020 Illinois River Flooding Information

5/20/20 – 5:00pm ILLINOIS RIVER HAS CRESTED

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.

 

5/19/20-7:45am VOLUNTARY EVACUATION-GAS SHUTOFF

The Village of North Utica would like to make this special statement regarding continued
voluntary evacuation of the area south of Washington St. due to Illinois River Flooding.
The Army Corp of Engineers updated their latest projection and the river is currently impacting this area.

The current projected elevation is 466.2.  This will impact properties in low
lying areas as well as general business and travel through the affected area.  In addition, 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.

For safety reasons, Ameren will begin shutting off gas meters in the areas being flooded.  Power will remain on until such time that Ameren decides to turn it off for safety reasons.

Please note that if a road is closed with barricades access will not be allowed.

 

5/18/19 at 8:00pm VOLUNTARY EVACUATION

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
may impact this area as soon as early Tuesday morning or tomorrow mid-day.  The current projected elevation is 466.0.  If attained, this will 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.

We will continue to update everyone as information from the Army Corp of Engineers and National Weather Service becomes available. However, due to all 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.