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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.

 

 

US 6 and Illinois 178 Intersection Improvement Project Fact Sheet 2-25-2019

1. Background: Temporary traffic signals are in place to mitigate traffic congestion. A more permanent solution is desired to provide better overall flow and to accommodate left turning traffic without blocking through traffic. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) initiated a study to identify proposed improvements.

2. Alternatives under review:
a. Installation of permanent traffic signals and additional turn lanes.
b. Installation of a modern single-lane roundabout with highway lighting.

3. Proposed scope of work:
a. Construction of a modern single-lane roundabout is currently the preferred      alternative due to traffic and safety benefits.
b. Traffic signals would no longer be needed.
c. Highway lighting would be provided.
d. The new pavement is anticipated to be concrete.

4. Benefits of a roundabout:
a. Crash severity is reduced by the low speeds and collision angles. This means fewer injuries and fatal crashes.
b. Traffic capacity is increased under most conditions.
c. No permanent traffic signals to maintain.

5. Roundabout Design:
a. Accommodates large tractor trailers for all turning movements.
b. Emergency vehicles can pass through without using the truck apron.
c. U-turns are performed easily for increased access to local businesses.
d. Some right-of-way must be purchased but no buildings will be displaced.

6. Schedule:
a. The initial study is anticipated to be complete in spring 2019.
b. The improvement is tentatively funded in 2020 using Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

7. Summary: Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3, is in the preliminary stages of a study to determine improvements to the US 6 and IL 178 intersection in North Utica. The preferred alternative based on traffic flow and safety is to construct a single-lane modern roundabout. The proposed roundabout is tentatively funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program funds due to the anticipated safety benefits. The District anticipates completing the study in the spring of 2019 and beginning construction of the project in 2020 if a roundabout stays the preferred alternative. If another scope of work is selected an alternative funding source will have to be identified.

8. The project website can be found at www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/us-6-and-il-178-intersection-improvement and will provide project specific information as well as general information regarding roundabouts.

Garbage Bulk Item Pickup

Republic Services is now offering residents a bulk item pickup along with regular trash removal services. Bulk items will be collected every other week; opposite of recycle week.

Village Residents can place one bulk item at the curb, along with their trash, beginning on Monday January 8th.  Only one bulk item at a time is allowed and a list of acceptable items is listed below.

Also, as a reminder, please remove vehicles and refrain from parking on the street during times of snowfall of 2 inches or more so that the snow plows can safely plow and salt the Village streets.

Thank you.

Bulk items are usually associated with furniture type items:

Couch

Chair

Love Seat

Table

Desk

Dresser

Mattress & Box Spring

Ceiling fan

Recliner

NO “White Goods” such as appliances, water heaters, furnace parts or air conditioners

NO Electronics

Click here to view all the garbage pickup information.