(Updated at 10:45 a.m.) Rainfall ranging from 3.68 inches in Highland Park to 6.37 inches in Lake Bluff has forced road closures from flooding, stopped Metra train traffic and caused spotty power outages July 11 and 12 along the North Shore. Just before 11 a.m., a cell phone alert on cell phones blared “Flash Flood Alert” until 2 p.m.
As of 9:30 a.m., Highway 41 was closed through Lake Bluff, according to Police Chief David Belmonte. In Lake Forest the roadway was shut between Westleigh Road and Highway 60, according to Lake Forest Police officer Conrad Christensen. There were a number of other closures in those towns as well as Highland Park.
Metra has suspended service on the Milwaukee North Line between Libertyville and Fox Lake with limited shuttle service between Lake Forest and Chicago, according to the railroad company’s website. Click here for updates.
Union Pacific North Line service was temporarily halted because of downed trees near Lake Bluff, according to an email from the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.
A number of power outages have been reported all along the North Shore with restoration times estimated between two and seven hours, according to the Commonwealth Edison website. Click here for updates.
In Lake Bluff, 6.37 inches of rain fell as of 8:50 a.m. with more on the way, according to Belmonte’s email. He said the Route 176 underpass at Sheridan Road is also closed blocked by 11 feet of water. Other road closures in Lake Bluff are as follows:
- Sheridan Road is closed between East Blodgett Avenue and Naval Station Great Lakes with trees and power lines down;
- Route 176 is closed through Rondout;
- Many other local roads are impassable at this time and Belmonte urges caution for those who leave their homes.
More than five inches of rain fell in Lake Forest overnight, according to the email from the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Highway 41, Deerpath Road is closed between Waukegan Road and Golf Lane across from the police station, according to Christensen.
As of 6 a.m., 3.68 inches of rain fell in Highland Park, according to City Manager Ghida Neukirch. She said the hardest hit areas are the north part of town where Trailway Street is closed between Half Day Road and Parkside Drive with more than four feet of water.
“This is an emergency situation,” said Neukirch. “People should not attempt to drive or go through the water.”
Other local road closures are on Summit Avenue, Tanglewood Court, York Lane and Briargate Drive, according to Neukirch. She also said about 50 homes were without power at 9 a.m.
By 1 p.m., road closures in Highland Park made it impossible for some people to leave their homes:
Wilmette and Winnetka
In Wilmette and Winnetka, the police departments reported no significant flooding or road closures.
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In Glenview, Shermer Road will remain closed south of Willow Road by the cemetery until the water recedes, according to Glenview Police Sgt. James Foley.
Joe Polina, the assistant director of recreation for the Glenview Park District said in an email fields for adult baseball and softball leagues will be too wet for play July 12 and the villages swimming pools will remain closed for the day.
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission changed its flood status to red due to major flooding on Wednesday morning.
The county officials are monitoring the forecasts that indicate more severe weather and heavy rains will continue throughout the day. Many water storage areas are full, or over-capacity, and additional rain will continue to cause problems.
The Fox River and Des Plaines River are projected to be at upper moderate flood levels based on current rainfall. The stormwater commission is monitoring the situation. Many roadways are impacted with water on the pavement, leading to road closures and making travel difficult through many areas of the county. For updated road conditions, please visit Lake County PASSAGE at www.lakecountypassage.com. It is dangerous to drive through water. Motorists should remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.
DailyNorthShore.com reporters Emily Spectre and Libby Elliott contributed to this story.