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State of Emergency Declared

Lake County Declares State of Emergency Due to Significant Flooding 
Highland Park Firefighters assist residents through flooded streets
Lake County has declared a State of Emergency based on the severe flooding, which has created a disaster throughout the county. The proclamation was signed late Wednesday night and sent to Governor Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The proclamation would authorize state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. It could also provide assistance to the county in the form of financial, personnel, services, logistical, and technical assistance. Residents are encouraged to keep all photo documentation and receipts. 
Lake County communities have experienced more than 4 inches of rain in a short duration, with larger rainfall totals upstream along the Skokie River. Yesterday’s flooding results from the amount of rainfall that fell on the Skokie River watershed. As the Skokie River rises it reduces the water carrying capacity of the entire storm sewer system - it causes the streets to flood. It is simply too much rain in too short a time. Now that the river is elevated, additional rain will have an intensified effect.
Public Works crews in cooperation with Police and Fire Departments have been addressing resident calls, clearing inlets, conducting traffic control, and addressing public safety concerns including helping people from their homes and tree removal. With the Skokie River over-topping and low-lying areas in the community under water, all storm sewers are surcharged. Staff has issued three communication alerts via our electronic newsletter, posted on social media, issued an automated notification and are updating our website regularly with storm recovery efforts, which include ComEd, North Shore Gas, and Lake County Health recommendations. City staff is on call to address resident needs, and we have Public Works crews working around-the-clock, which will continue through the flooding event.   

Once the water recedes in the Skokie River, street flooding will decrease. City staff
 are monitoring the situation regularly.  If individuals need assistance exiting their home, please call the City’s non-emergency number at 847.432.7730.  If emergency assistance is needed, please dial 911. For regular updates, please monitor the city website at

Lakeshore Recycling Systems
Lakeshore Recycling will have an extra truck in Highland Park this week (including Saturday) that is circling back to accessible, affected streets starting today. Lakeshore is also taking calls for special pickups for residents who require additional pickups. 

Residents can call customer service at 773.685.8811 option 3 to schedule an extra pick up or go to the LRS websiteSpecial Pickup pricing will apply. 

Major Street Closures Update
Lake Cook by Red Oak at Northbrook Court
Red Oak between Mangnolia and Lake Cook
Park Ave. West between Rt. 41 and Beverly
Briargate Rd.
Tanglewood Court
Taylor Ave.
Trail Way between Eaton Ct. and Parkside
ComEd Outages Update
As of 11:00 AM, ComEd reported there are approximately 28 customers without power in Highland Park.  All have crews on site. Report outages to ComEd at 800.334.7661. To view current ComEd outage information, please visit ComEd's Outage Map