The rising levels of the Des Plaines River prompted the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort to evacuate guests and employees as a precaution on Friday as part of one of the reactions to heavy rains that hit the northern suburbs overnight.
Friday noon, the river was 14 feet in Lincolnshire – it's considered a moderate flood level, according to the National Weather Service. But the river is expected to reach 16 feet – major flood level – between Saturday and Sunday.
Despite the loss of revenue for the Marriott and the city, Mayor Elizabeth Brandt supported the decision to empty the complex.
"You'd rather have people leave the hotel before Saturday," Brandt said. "If there is good news of the situation, it is that we have time to prepare ourselves and that it is not an emergency.They can take their time, s & # 39; organize and prepare to reach the 16-foot level this weekend. "
The Marriott Theater has canceled its performances on Friday and Saturday of "Something Rotten!" as well as. Ticket holders can call the box office at (847) 634-0200 as of Monday to postpone it.
The extensive Marriott property is on the west bank of the river, south of Half Day Road. The last guests and workers had to leave the complex in July 2017, after the waters of the river and Indian Creek flooded the station and blocked the electricity and telephone service.
Lincolnshire has received more than 5 inches of rain in the past two days. Over the past five days, some towns in Lake County have recorded rainfall ranging from 5 to 7 inches – and the water has caused considerable damage.
Road sections in Lincolnshire, Gurnee, Grayslake, Deerfield, Waukegan and Wadsworth were among those closed to traffic on Friday due to water on the sidewalk. They included generally busy sections of Lake Cook Road, Routes 120, 137 and 132.
Updated road conditions are available at lakecountypassage.com.
People had to be rescued from several homes in Waukegan because of floods, reported ABC 7 Chicago.
Immediate stop orders (personal watercraft – personal watercraft must maintain a slow speed to protect coastal soils from erosion)
– were issued for Island Lake and on Wauconda Lake's Bangs, where the level of the rising surface was more than 10 inches above normal.
The entire Fox River, near Lake and McHenry counties, was closed to pleasure craft on Friday, the Fox Waterway Agency reported, and wake prohibition orders were issued for all lake lakes Chain O 'Flow.
Although river levels are expected to exceed the flood level in a few places, one does not expect severe flooding along the Fox, said the agency's executive director of the tracks navigable, Joe Keller.
"The good news is that seven-day forecasts are coming out well," Keller said. "I hope we can ride this one."
Far south in Kane County, the lower level of the Fox River Trail in Batavia was flooded and closed.
A flood warning was issued for the Gurnee Plains River at Irving Park Road in Chicago.
The river could experience major floods this weekend, reports the National Meteorological Service.
Riverwoods officials are providing free sand and sandbags to the village hall, located at 300 Portwine Road, for residents living along the Des Plaines River. Riverwoods Police is compiling a list of volunteers who would be available to deliver and deposit filled sandbags. To help, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Further south in Cook County, Des Plaines had not experienced any flooding near the waterway since Friday afternoon.
But the police sergeant Des Plaines. Mike Holdman seemed worried about what the next few days could bring. "Any trip south," he says.