CHICAGO – April 18, 2013 – Governor Pat Quinn today declared a state of emergency as state agencies prepared to provide assistance to local governments throughout the northern half of Illinois dealing with severe river and flash flooding. The state of emergency ensures that state resources are activated and that the federal government is aware that a disaster declaration is likely. It also allows the state to request resources as needed, such as personnel and equipment. State and local emergency personnel have been on the ground in hardest hit areas since early this morning.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Governor Quinn said. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is ensuring public safety through road closures, message boards and other road-closure assistance to affected communities.
For flood safety information and real-time updates please visit Ready.Illinois.gov, and for traffic updates please visit GettingAroundIllinois.com/gai.htm.

The State Incident Response Center (SIRC) is active and is coordinating the state’s response to the floods:

IDOT Response On Roadways Overall

IDOT response to each individual road closure varies depending on circumstances. We are continually gathering detailed information for each district. IDOT’s typical response may include traffic control using our trucks or barricades, re-routing traffic using detours, roadway debris removal such as tree limbs, clearing drainage structures to promote water flow, and in some locations, pumping water from one ditch to another to alleviate flooding and the road closure. IDOT crews are assisting with roadway crashes by providing traffic control as well. IDOT has not received any requests to provide sandbags, sand, or hauling material from IEMA.
Local conditions can change rapidly during such events.  Motorists, especially on city streets and county/township roads, should be on the lookout for debris or flash flooding due to overloaded drainage systems. The following are state routes affected by the weather and flooding – problems mainly are occurring in the northern two-thirds of the state.

 
DISTRICT 1 (Chicago-area plus Collar Counties)

D-1 GENERAL LOCAL UPDATE BY COUNTY:

Kane County:  The South Elgin Fire Dept. has requested assistance in evacuating residents along West Drive in South Elgin due to river flooding. Roadways have large amounts of standing water along with water running across the roadways. Some residential streets have become impassable due to flooding.

McHenry County: Currently working to procure 100,000 sandbags.  Multiple roads closed.  Sandbagging operations and some evacuations in Algonquin.

Will County:  Some road closures on Route 52, Caton Farm Road, Royce Road.  Some of the local ESDA’s have requested sandbags from the county and those have been or are being delivered by the county.

STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
Dot 1 roads closed due to flooding are.
1) NW Kennedy at Addison one lane open only.  (One-Lane OPEN)
2) Edens Expressway at Pratt and Lawrence Ave flooding issues.
3) SB Edens at Peterson Ave Flooding Issues
4) SE Kennedy at Addison Ave Flooding issues  (OPEN)
5) Bishop Ford expressway at 138th St and Beaubian Woods (CLOSED)
6) EB 147th Street to the Dan Ryan closed.
7) I-290 between RTE 83 and  St. Charles is closed.
8) McCarthy Rd east of LaGrange, Alsip
9) SW Hwy IL-7, 131st-135th streets.
10) 143rd at Will Cook Rd.
11) Wolf Rd between 143rd and 151st  street.
12) IL-41 south of RT-60 closed.
13) IL-173 between Delany and Kilbourn Rd
14) IL-132 between 1st ave and O'Plaine ave.
15) IL-41 between 21st and Depot Ave
16) Governors Hwy at 216th street
17) Woods Ave at 138th street
18) Dixie Hwy at 178th street (OPEN)
19) 147th street at Clinton Ave. (OPEN)
20) 25th ave at Cermak Rd.
21) SB Mannheim between St. Charles and Butterfield
22) First Ave between Forest and and Ogden
23) Mannheim Rd at Cermak Ave.
24) Roosevelt Rd between Westchester and Wolf Rd
25) US-6 between 187th street and Will Cook Rd.
26) New Ave between 135th and 127th street.
27) IL-56 west of IL-59 at EJE Railroad
28) IL-38 west of IL-59 at EJE Railroad
29) Ogden Ave at 34th street.
30) US-30 at 111th street to 119th Street
31) IL-1 at Union Ave.
32) RT-30 at Highland Ave
33) IL-53 and IL-52 at Hoff
34) RT-50 at Manhattan Monee Rd
35) RT-52 at Cherry Hill Rd. (OPEN)
36) RT-52 at Spencer.  (OPEN)
37) US-52 Brunes to Feeder (OPEN)
38) RT-21 Greenwood to Central
39) Central Deerlove ave to East River
40) Deerlove Ave to RT-21
41) RT-43 North of Golf  (OPEN)
42) Willow Rd east of Shermer
43) North Ave at I-290
44) 25th ave between 64-20th street
45) Mannheim Rd between Grand and Fullerton
46) Lawrence River at Mannheim
47) Irving Park River at Mannheim
48) River Rd to Belmont to 5th Ave.
49) IL-83 at Riverside and St. Charles.
50) RT-20 Greenbrook in Hanover Park
51) RT-20 Fairfield in Bloomdle  (OPEN)
52) IL-137 83rd to Casey Ave
53) 95th and Stony Island closed.
54) Exit Ramps from I-290 EB to Mannheim NB/SB.
55) NB/SB Mannheim Ramps to I-290 EB
56) I-55 SB exit to Harlem NB
57) I-90 NB at Edens split closed.
58) I-94 SB from Toughy to I-90
59) I-94 SB at Dempster
60) I-94 NB/SB at Pratt water is 7 feet deep/ and at Elston 2.5 feet deep
61) I-290 at I-355 closed due to flooding.
62) Bishop Ford at 130th street closed.
63) Stony Island south of 95th street.
64) I-290 at EB IL-83 and WB at Eastbound St. Charles Exit.
65) I-94 NB at Kennedy Jct and SB at Dempster Ave.
66) IL 64 Harlem to Betrau
67) IL 53 Park Blvd to US 56
68) 135th Street Ridgeland to Harlem
69) Wolf Road 167th Street to US 6
70) 107th Street Lagrange to Kean
71) 26th Street Euclid to Harlem
72) US 30 111th Street to 119th Street
73) US 30 135th Street to 143rd Street.
TOLLWAYAll of Illinois Tollway roadways are open at this time, including the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355). However, lanes may be reduced in some areas due to localized flooding, particularly during heavy rainfall. In addition, some entrance and exit ramps may be closed due to local road and area expressway closures.
TRANSIT
From RTA – Metra delays:
• No cancellations thus far except train 1215 noted below, but all lines are experiencing delays—specific examples are as follows:
• Metra Electric District stations have high standing water, but trains are operating
• UP North Line #113 – 105-115 minute delay; train 310 45-50 minute delays; train 607 60-65 minute delay
• All trains on BNSF 50-70 minute delays; train 1226  80-minute delay; train 1221 40-minute delay; train 1215 outbound will not operate today
• UP outbound West Line #15 – 75 minute delay

CTA:  As requested, the following is the current status of CTA bus and rail operations:

Rail Service:      
Normal

Bus Service:                      
At this time, the following 12 bus routes are undergoing temporary detours due to flooded viaducts and/or streets:
                               
#J14  Jeffery Jump #52A South Kedzie #90 Harlem
#15 Jeffery Local #55 Garfield #92 Foster
#28 Stony Island #67 67th/69th/71st  #94 South California
#47 47th  #78 Montrose #106 East 103rd
  

Blue Line service has resumed after earlier closing. 

PACE:  PACE buses are experiencing delays throughout the system with the heaviest delays in West Cook, South Cook and DuPage.  Buses are detouring around the Des Plaines River in some areas of NW Cook.  The Village of Niles operates three local Pace routes- Routes 411, 412, 413 and has suspended its operations due to some impassable roads. All other Pace routes are operating, albeit with delays.
AMTRAK  STATEWIDE
All passenger trains are running late due to the extreme conditions (High winds, Flooding) slow orders have been issued and slots are all messed up. THERE ARE NO CANCELLATIONS.

Train Numbers:
300 = 52 minutes late (STL to CHI)
301 = 22 minutes late (CHI to STL)
302 = 2 hrs 15 min  late (STL to CHI - held in St. Louis - high winds)
303 = 23 minutes late (CHI to STL)
 AIRPORTS STATEWIDE
AERONAUTICS UPDATE:

Quad City International Airport currently has some minor service road flooding, but no airfield pavements are flooded.  The airport remains open.

Peoria International Airport had some minor flooding due to plugged ditches near the aircraft terminal apron and Taxiway D.  That situation has been resolved.  In a non-flooding related issue (but probably storm related), Peoria had to use their standby generator for a few hours earlier this morning due to erratic power from the commercial grid which was affecting some FAA equipment.  That situation has also been resolved.

St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, IL
The drainage ditches are full and flowing, but no flooding issues are occurring or are expected at CPS.

St. Louis Downtown Heliport (MO7) in St. Louis, MO is expected to lose land access due to expected high Mississippi River levels sometime Saturday evening due to water over the gangway.  Water is forecast to be over the gangway for 7-10 days.  During that time, we will NOTAM (Notice To Airman) the heliport closed to all but emergency traffic.  (Emergency response forces could still get on and off the heliport by boat.)

Chicago Executive Airport – Wheeling/Prospect Hts.
Runway 6-24 at Chicago Executive Airport at Wheeling/Prospect Hts. (10 mi. north of O’Hare) is closed due to flooding  but the main runway used by corporate users (runway 16-34) and the airport itself remain open.

Only Runway 6/24 has been closed due to flooding at this point.  The water is getting near the pavement edge at Kilo 2.  The water level is about 4-5 inches from impacting the ASOS and Glide Slope System.  If the water reaches these two areas airport will lose its automated weather system (ASOS) and Instrument Landing System (ILS). 
 
Runway 12/30 and 16/34 should be OK unless we reach the 100 year flood event levels.
General Information from Division of Aeronautics:

Airport pavements are typically designed to withstand the 100 year flood levels and as such are rarely impacted by heavy rains.  Typically, roadways to/from airports will experience flooding prior to the airport itself being flooded.  Currently, no publicly owned airports in the state of Illinois are reporting runway/taxiway closures as a result of flooding.  Major weather events may impact the national airspace system resulting in delays and/or cancellations. This is usually not due to flooding but rather the weather system itself. There are some isolated weather-related delays at this time.  However, as weather events move through the area, planes are released to fly.  Flights from and to O’Hare and Midway are typically delayed during heavy weather. 
DISTRICT 2 (North-Central and Northwest IL)
Quad City International Airport currently has some minor service road flooding, but no airfield pavements are flooded.  The airport remains open.

D-2 GENERAL LOCAL UPDATE by county:

Jo Daviess:  Several roads closed due to flooding, issue with railroad and water building up on a levee.  May lose part of the tracks.  Railroad has been notified of the issue with the levee.

Rock Island:  EOC is open, City of Moline experiencing issues and have requested sandbags.  Village of Andalusia has requested pumps and hose as well.
 
Stephenson: sand bagging operations underway.

Winnebago:  4 sandbagging locations are operating at this time.

STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1) IL-92 closed early due to flooding between Centennial Expressway and Turkey Hollow Rd.  REOPENED at 10:35 am
2) I-180 and IL-26 in Bureau Cnty
DISTRICT 3 (Northeast and North Central, south and west of Chicagoland)
D-3 GENERAL LOCAL UPDATE by county:

Grundy County: Reports of Route 6 flooding in some areas.  Will be starting a self-fill sandbag location sometime this morning.

Kendall County: Storm sewer outlets in Yorkville, Oswego and Plano now underwater. Multiple road closures within the County.

LaSalle County: LaSalle County EMA advised of the partial Evacuation of the LaSalle County Nursing home. Due to flood waters rising across the roadway and in the parking lot and drive.
 Evacuations have taken place along the I&M Canal in Utica and along River Road in Wedron. Ameren is on scene in Utica and has turned off power to the area being evacuated Multiple highways and county roads are covered with water in various places. Multiple roads are closed due to water across the road.

Bureau: 6 inches of rain in the last 12 hours. Numerous Township, County and State roadways are currently underwater and are considered impassible. Numerous village and city streets in
low lying areas are flooded and are impassible.  In the City of Princeton, sanitary and storm sewers are overflowing and preliminary reports are coming in that many homes have water up to chest deep in their basements.

Livingston County:  Livingston County is experiencing flooding in western county area, generally the Flanagan area, up to the northwest part of the county and north along the northern area of the county to the Dwight area.  At this point it appears that our most serious area is the Long Point (rural Long Point area)  Some vehicles did not use caution or did not see water on the roads in this area last evening and this morning and multiple cars were stuck and a couple were swept off of roads.  All have been rescued with no serious injuries.


STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1) US-34 near Mendota at the LaSalle county line closed due to flooding.
2) IL-17 between Livingston Cnty Rd 300 E and the IL-17/23 Jct closed due to flooding.
3) IL-17 at Long Point Rd closed due to flooding.
4) IL-25 at Boulder Hill Pass in Kendall Cnty closed.
5) I-80 EB and WB passing lane closed at the 71.5 mm due to a drain that has plugged, Bureau Cnty.
6) IL-23 four miles south of IL-17 Livingston Cnty closed.
7) IL-71 closed at Fosse Rd closed.
8) IL-178 through Starve Rock Park closed.
9) IL-23 between Plank, Reese and Whipple Rd in Dekalb Cnty, OPEN at 9:40am.
10) I-26 south of I-180 ramps closed due to flooding.
11) IL-18 near Magnolia, 1/2 east of Putnam Cnty line is closed due to flooding.
12) IL-23 north of US-34 & just south of Cnty line Rd is closed due to flooding.
13) IL-17 @ BNSF RR viaduct south of Streator
14) IL-251 at south end of Tonica
15) US-34 between IL-71 and Boulder Hill Pass
16) IL-25 @ Glendale and Fernwood
17) IL-47 at Beaver Rd
18) IL-47 at US-52
19) US-52 from IL-47 to Ridge Rd.
20) IL-251 and LaSalle Rd closed.
DISTRICT 4 (North Central IL)
Peoria International Airport had some minor flooding due to plugged ditches near the aircraft terminal apron and Taxiway D.  That situation has been resolved.  In a non-flooding related issue (but probably storm related), Peoria had to use their standby generator for a few hours earlier this morning due to erratic power from the commercial grid which was affecting some FAA equipment.  That situation has also been resolved.


D-4 GENERAL LOCAL UPDATE by county/city:

Putnam: township roads in Magnolia Township are all closed; State routes, 89, 18, 71 and 25 are open and passable.

Woodford County: Major flooding from Panther Creek.  There were 18 water rescues from homes in  Roanoke last night due to flash flooding. Significant damage to homes, businesses, and property in Roanoke.  There is an area bounded by IL 251/IL116/County Line and 1600 N that is almost impossible to access at this time.

City of Peoria: Numerous reports of flooded streets and residences.

STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1) IL-9 closed between Canton and Bushnell west of IL-97 in Fulton Cnty
2) IL-41 closed 1/2 mile south of IL-116 Knox Cnty
3) IL-17 closed at the bridge in the town of Sparland, Marshall Cnty
4) IL-180 closed at Williamsfield viaduct in Knox cnty.
5) IL-41 at Thur Rd Viaduct and at Monn Ave, Knox Cnty
6) IL-116 west of IL-41 Jct Knox Cnty
7) IL-8 west of Yates City Knox Cnty
8) IL-8 Between Kickapoo Edwards Ave to Hines Lane in Peoria Cnty
9) IL-8 east of I-74 in Peoria Cnty
10) IL-91 at IL-90 5 miles east of Princeville.
11) IL-26 at Batner Rd in Marshall Cnty
12) IL-91 closed at Camp Run Creek in Stark Cnty
13) US-67 south of Macomb in McDonough Cnty
14) IL-78 at Laurel St in Peoria Cnty
15) IL-164 at Oquawka Bridge in Henderson Cnty.
16) US-34 east of Briggsville and East of IL-94 Jct the two bridges are closed.
DISTRICT 5 (East-Central IL)
STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1) US-136 in Rantoul closed due to power lines down, due to high winds in that area.
D-5 reported an unconfirmed tornado along US-136 in Rantoul with all lanes closed, power lines are down.  Rantoul Public Works Director reported 15 power poles down on US-136 and 12 poles down on the RR tracks west of I-57.  DOT-5 advised US-136 will be closed in Rantoul for a couple of days for debris cleanup.  Detour set up over IL-47 to IL-9 to I-57.

2) One lane closed on SB I-57 at m/m 251 -- a semi overturned.

DISTRICT 6  (West-Central IL)
 
STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1) Old-66 near Staunton, viaduct flooded
 No other Roads closed due to flooding, but many reports of water on pavement.
DISTRICT 7 (South-Central IL)
STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1)  RT-128 north and South of Shelbyville
2) RT-32 north of Windsor
DISTRICT 8 (Southwestern IL plus MetroEast STL) 
STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
WB I-70, right lane only closed at the 28 mm due to overturned Fed Ex truck near the Silver Lake Rest area.
D-8 AIRPORTS
St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, IL
The drainage ditches are full and flowing, but no flooding issues are occurring or are expected at CPS.

 DISTRICT 7 (South-Central IL)

STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
1)  RT-128 north and South of Shelbyville
2) RT-32 north of Windsor

DISTRICT 8 (Southwestern IL plus MetroEast STL) 
STATE HIGHWAY CLOSURES:
WB I-70, right lane only closed at the 28 mm due to overturned Fed Ex truck near the Silver Lake Rest area.
D-8 AIRPORTS
St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, IL
The drainage ditches are full and flowing, but no flooding issues are occurring or are expected at CPS.

St. Louis Downtown Heliport (MO7) in St. Louis, MO
Expected to lose land access due to expected high Mississippi River levels sometime Saturday evening due to water over the gangway.  Water is forecast to be over the gangway for 7-10 days.  During that time, we will NOTAM (Notice To Airman) the heliport closed to all but emergency traffic.  (Emergency response forces could still get on and off the heliport by boat.)
D-8 TRANSIT
No significant issues in St. Clair County transit at this time.

DISTRICT 9 (Southern IL) - No reports of roads closed at this time

 

 


 

 

 

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