Flooding Information & Resources
Lake County is recovering from heavy rainfall and severe flooding.
If you or someone you know is affected by flooding, please contact either your local municipality or the Lake County Emergency Management Agency at (847) 377-7100. Leave a detailed message with the following information:
- Full Name
- Description of your current issue.
Municipalities and the emergency management agency are also taking reports of property damage related to flooding.
|Beach Park: 847-246-6013||Antioch Township: 847-395-3378|
|Fox Lake: 847-587-2151||Avon Township: 847-546-1446|
|Grayslake: 847-223-8515||Benton Township: 847-746-2100|
|Gurnee Flood Hotline: 847-599-6640||Fremont Township: 847-223-2847|
|Hainesville: 847-223-2032||Grant Township:847-740-2233|
|Lake Bluff: 847-234-0774||Lake Villa Township: 847-356-2116|
|Lake Forest: (847) 234-2600||Libertyville Township: 847-816-6800|
|Lake Villa: 847-356-6100||Moraine Township: 847-432-3240|
|Libertyville: 847-362-2430||Newport Township: 847-395-3400|
|Lindenhurst: 847-356-2852||Shields Township: 847-234-0802|
|Mundelein: 847-949-3200||Vernon Township: 847-634-4600|
|North Chicago: 847-596-8600||Warren Township: 847-224-1101|
|Round Lake Beach: 847-546-2351||Waukegan Township: 847-244-4900|
|Round Lake Park: 847-546-2790||West Deerfield Township: 847-945-0614|
|Round Lake: 847-546-5400||Zion Township: 847-815-8620|
|Third Lake: 847-223-8422|
|Vernon Hills: 847-367-3700|
RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS FROM LAKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT
• Fill out this form to report your damage. http://ow.ly/iJKl30dHvUE
• If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process.
• Clean-up: Complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets).
• Repairs: Consider waiting to conduct repair work, such as replacing dry wall or carpeting. This is important because officials may need to inspect impacted facilities as a part of the damage assessment process. While we don't know if federal assistance will become available, doing non-emergency repair work before the damage assessment process is complete may cause the repairs to be ineligible for future FEMA financial assistance
• Document your flood damage with pictures, and keep all receipts related to the clean-up and repair of your property.
• Contact your village/city or Lake County Planning Building and Development (for unincorporated residents) for assistance with the disaster assessment process.
Please review this resource from IEMA: http://ow.ly/85y030dHwnb
The Red Cross has opened reception centers to assist residents displaced by flooding at the following locations:
Magee Middle School, 500 N. Cedar Lake Road, Round Lake
Jefferson Middle School, 600 South Lewis Avenue, Waukegan
More information is available by calling the Red Cross flooding hotline 847-220-7495 or on their website: http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/local/illinois/chicago-northern-illinois/about/contact/American-Red-Cross-Responding-to-Severe-Flooding
POWER OUTAGE/DOWNED LINES
If you are experiencing power outages or see downed power lines, please call ComEd immediately: 1 (800) 334-7661. You can also text "OUT" to 2-6-6-3-3 or report at www.comed.com.
If you need to travel, make sure to check Lake County Passage for traffic updates and road closures: lakecountypassage.com
FLOOD SAFETY AND CLEANUP TIPS FROM THE RED CROSS
· Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice, have an emergency response kit
· If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for someone’s area, they should head for higher ground and stay there.
· People should stay away from floodwaters. If someone comes across an area where water is above their ankles, they should stop, turn around and go another way. If they encounter a flooded road while driving, they should also turn around and go another way. If the car is caught in rising water, they should get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
· It is important to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
· Children are curious and should be kept out of the water.
· Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
· Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.
· If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
· If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
· Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater. When in doubt, throw it out!
· When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
· During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.