Lincolnshire Marriott Resort Evacuates As Precaution, Des Plaines River Forecast to Hit Flood Stage, Heavy Rain in Thunderstorms Sunday Morning

As a precaution connected to the rising Des Plaines River, the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort evacuated guests and employees Friday, September 13, 2019. The Marriott Theatre also canceled Friday and Saturday performances of “Something Rotten!” Ticketholders can call the box office at 847-634-0200 beginning Monday September 16, 2019 to reschedule. As of early Saturday, the Marriott property and facilities had not flooded.

Heavy rain in thunderstorms is forecast overnight Saturday/Sunday with the greatest chance for rain and storms in Lincolnshire and nearby areas between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Over one inch is forecast overnight Saturday/Sunday with 1.5 to 2 inches per hour rainfall and hail possible on a localized basis in heavy or severe thunderstorms. Quad Cities radar showed that storms from Waterloo to Quad Cities are heading toward northern Illinois at 8:05 p.m. Saturday.

About noon Friday — following days of heavy rain with thunderstorms — the Des Plaines River was at 14 feet in Lincolnshire. According to the National Weather Service office Chicago, 14 feet is moderate; but the river is projected to rise to 16 feet between Saturday and Sunday — a level that is considered major flood level. The Des Plaines River was 15.5 feet Saturday morning.

The Marriott property is on the western bank of the Des Plaines River, just south of Half Day Road. The Marriott property and facilities have not flooded so far this September 2019.

Flooded sections of roadways in Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Grayslake, Gurnee, Wadsworth, and Waukegan and were closed to traffic Friday. They included usually busy sections of Lake-Cook Road, Route 120, Route 137 and Route 132. Around Lake County, police and firefighters have been involved in at least 18 water rescues after the heavy rains hit the area. Most of the rescues occurred on flooded roads in Waukegan, Gurnee, Wadsworth and elsewhere in Lake County. Some rescues offured U.S. 41 where viaduct frequently trap drivers in flooded road. No injuries were reported.

People were also rescued from several houses in Waukegan were flooding occurred.

Road conditions are available as always at lakecountypassage.com.

No-wake orders — when watercraft are ordered to keep speeds low in an effort to protect shoreline soil from erosion — were issued for Island Lake and Bangs Lake, where the rising lake surface level was more than 10 inches higher than normal.
The Lincolnshire are received more than 5 inches of rain over the last two days, and some areas of Lake County recorded 5 inches and 7 inches of rain.

Flood Statement
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL
953 AM CDT Sat Sep 14 2019

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a FLOOD WARNING … continuing the warning for the following rivers in
Illinois…

Des Plaines River near Russell affecting Lake County
Des Plaines River near Gurnee affecting Lake County
Des Plaines River at Lincolnshire affecting Lake County

The following forecasts are based on observed precipitation as well as forecast precipitation 24-48 hours into the future.

The Flood Warning continues for The Des Plaines River at Lincolnshire, or from Townline Road in Libertyville downstream to Palatine Road in Prospect Heights.
* until Friday afternoon.
* At 845 AM Saturday the stage was 15.0 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.5 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 15.5 feet by
early Tuesday morning. The river will fall below flood stage Friday morning.
* Impact…At 16.0 feet…IL-60 (Townline Rd) is inundated near the river. Numerous structures threatened along US-45 (Milwaukee Ave) between IL-22 (Half Day Rd) and Deerfield Rd. Access route for numerous residences near US-45 (Milwaukee Ave) and Deerfield Rd is inundated.

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH effective 1 AM CDT Sunday through Sunday morning.

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Illinois and
northeast Illinois, including the following areas, in north
central Illinois, Boone, De Kalb, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago. In
northeast Illinois, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake IL, and McHenry.
This is mainly for locales near and north of I-88.

* From 1 AM CDT Sunday through Sunday morning

* Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop late tonight and persist into Sunday morning. These storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall, with rates approaching 1.5 to 2 inches per hour on a localized basis. This expected heavy rainfall falling in a short duration and over locations that have experienced heavy rainfall over the last week may lead to additional flash flooding.

* This heavy rainfall may also lead to additional river rises into
the upcoming week.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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