By Bob Uphues
4:06 p.m. - From Village of Brookfield - The Village has contacted our waste and recycling vendor Groot. Residents can put out water damaged items for pick-up free of charge through next Friday, April 26. Please place all items where you normally place your trash. Electronics can be recycled at Village hall during this same time period.
Please place used sandbags on the public parkway and the Department of Public Works will pick them up over the next week.
3:17 p.m. - As of 1:45 p.m. Des Plaines River at Riverside dropped to 10.54 feet.
Brookfield Zoo has also announced they will reopen Saturday after being closed for two days due to the flooding. On Saturday the zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission will be free, but visitors will still pay for parking.
11:19 a.m. - The Des Plaines River at Riverside continues to slowly drop. At 10:45 a.m. the level was at 10.82 feet.
9:47 a.m. - Gov. Pat Quinn will speak at a press conference at the water tower in Riverside Friday morning. The National Weather Service reports the Des Plaines River in Riverside is now at 10.92 feet as of 9:45 a.m.
Friday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. - The Des Plaines River in Riverside crested at 11.42 feet around midnight, according to the National Weather Service. As of 7:45 a.m., the water had receded to 11.04 feet and was expected to continue dropping throughout the next two days. The river is not expected to recede below flood stage until sometime late Monday night.
Streets remain closed throughout the area, including Ogden Avenue from First Avenue to Lawndale. First Avenue remains closed between 31st Street and Ogden Avenue, and 31st Street is still closed between First Avenue and Prairie Avenue.
In Riverside, Forest Avenue remains closed to traffic, along with West, Groveland, Lincoln and a portion of Fairbank Road. Southbound Woodside Road is closed at 31st Street, but may soon reopen to traffic, according to Riverside Village Manager Peter Scalera.
Schools throughout the area are closed on Friday, including Riverside-Brookfield High School. Elementary schools closed today include all schools in Riverside District 96, schools in Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95, Lincoln School in Brookfield, St. Louise School in LaGrange Park and St. Paul Lutheran School in Brookfield.
Congress Park School in Brookfield and Komarek School in North Riverside are open.
11:22 p.m. - The Des Plaines River at Riverside may have finally reached its peak. At 10:45 p.m. the level was holding at 11.2 feet, the same level measured an hour earlier.
10:25 p.m. - The Des Plaines River at Riverside continued its record-breaking rise Thursday, reaching 11.2 feet at 9:45 p.m.
9:33 p.m. - The Des Plaines River at Riverside continues to rise Thursday, reaching 11.15 feet at 8:45 p.m.
8:23 p.m. - At 7:45 p.m. the Des Plaines River at Riverside had risen to 10.98 feet. The National Weather Service has issued a new prediction that the river will crest at 11.4 feet early Friday morning.
Riverside-Brookfield High School and District 96 schools have announced on their websites that classes are canceled for Friday.
5:26 p.m. - As of 4:45 p.m. the Des Plaines River at Riverside had risen to 10.64 feet. The National Weather Service predicts that the river will crest at 11.1 feet early Friday morning.
4:51 p.m. - From Riverside Police Department - The National Weather service is predicting the Des Plaines River to crest at a record amount of 11.1 feet tomorrow morning. Severe flooding is occurring in the Village of Riverside. The Village is evacuating the following affected areas: Groveland, Park Place, Lincoln, West, and portions of Waubansee, Forbes, Parkview, Kimbark, Pine, Maplewood, and Fairbank. Fire Department personnel will assist those residents at this time with evacuating their homes but personnel may be unable to assist at a later time. Sandbags are available at the Village Hall parking lot. Please do not enter flooded areas and stay clear from the Des Plaines River.
4:31: p.m. - As of 3:45 p.m. the Des Plaines River at Riverside had risen to 10.41 feet. The National Weather Service has issued a new prediction that the river will crest at 11.1 feet early Friday morning.
4:28 p.m. - Des Plaines River flood waters affecting traffic in both directions on Cermack Road just west of Desplaines Avenue in North Riverside.
3:53 p.m. - As of 2:45 p.m. the Des Plaines River at Riverside was measured at 10.22 feet.
1:56 p.m. - From Riverside Police Department -The Village has received a delivery of sand and sandbags in the parking lot between the Library and the Township Hall. Residents are welcome to use these materials as needed. Additional supplies have been ordered and volunteers will be needed to assist with sandbagging this afternoon. Additional information will be available shortly.
1:26 p.m. At 12:45 p.m. the Des Plaines River at Riverside reached 9.99 feet.
12:44 p.m. The National Weather Service reports the Des Plaines River at Riverside is at 9.69 feet. They still predict the river to crest at 10.5 feet on Friday morning.
Riverside-Brookfield High School will release students at 12:15 today. Students getting picked up by their parents will be escorted to the north Gate where they will be picked up. Students who drove to RBHS and faculty of Hollywood School will use the Brookfield Zoo's east service road and exit onto 31st Street.
Assisting RBHS staff in the dismissal will be Riverside Police, Riverside Fire, Brookfield Police and Brookfield Zoo Police.
"At about 10:30 I met with the Riverside Police Department, Village Manager, fire department, and Brookfield Police Department," District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis said. "Due to the rising level of the rives there was concern about students being able to get home from the high school. That's why we chose to do a an early dismissal. . . We're worried about student and staff travel at dismissal time."
"We got a roof leak by the main entrance," Skinkis said. "We had to pull some drywall off the ceiling and we had some flooding in the basement, just in some storage closets, and then we got some significant flooding on and track and field turf and in the stadium locker rooms."
District 96 also closed at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.
Riverside Fire Department personnel are making a second door-to-door sweep of the area near West and Pine avenues, encouraging residents to evacuate. Crews from Nicor are on the scene and Riverside has reached out to ComEd in case there is a need to cut power and gas service to that area. In the event that happens, evacuation will be mandatory, said Riverside Village Manager Peter Scalera.
Sand has been delivered to the parking lot between the riverside township hall and library. Residents may take the sand and bags for use at their properties.
First avenue is now closed between 26th Street and Ogden Avenue. Other Riverside streets closed due to flooding include Pine Avenue, West Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Groveland Avenue, Park Place, Forest Avenue,
Forbes Road, Fairbank Road and southbound Woodside south of 31st Street. Waubansee Road and West Quincy Street are one way westbound only.
Vehicles displaced by flooded areas can be parked at the Hauser Junior High lot, the Riverside Swim Club or the Riverside train commuter lot.
10:36 a.m. - As of 9:45 a.m. the Des Plaines River was at 9.2 feet. The National Weather Service now forecasts the river will crest at 10.5 feet.
9:06 a.m. - Riverside Fire Department is suggesting that any residents living in low areas west of Kimbark Avenue should evacuate due to quickly rising flood water. The evacuation is not mandatory at this time. Groveland Avenue in Riverside closed.
8:42 a.m. - Southbound Desplaines Avenue closed at 31st Street in Riverside. Lincoln Avenue flooding and closed to traffic in Riverside.
With heavy rains expected to continue throughout the day Thursday, the National Weather Service is now predicting that the Des Plaines River will reach record flood levels in Riverside by 7 a.m. on Friday.
The Des Plaines River is expected to crest at 10.2 feet by Friday morning, although it is tracking slightly higher than that at this time.
At 7:45 a.m. the Des Plaines River had risen to 8.64 feet, which is more than 1.5 feet above flood stage. Flooding has already shut down First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and Forest/Ridgewood and has made other local streets impassable.
West Avenue has reportedly been closed in Riverside, and the intersection of Washington and Prairie avenues in Brookfield is also reportedly under water.
Flood waters are beginning to creep closer to Fairbank Road in Riverside near Indian Gardens, and there is a report that water is beginning to rise on streets between Maple and Eberly avenues from Ogden to the railroad tracks in Brookfield. Low-lying areas subject to flooding during significant rain events are already being impacted by flooding.
The record crest for the Des Plaines River in Riverside is 9.9 feet, a mark set in 1987. The area also experienced significant flooding and property damage in September 2008, when the river reached 9.87 feet.
RBLandmark.com will continue to provide updates throughout the day as more information on the storm's effects become available.