Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire free of flood issues so far: officials

The retention pond at the intersection of Deerfield Parkway and Larraway Drive could not contain the five inches of rain that fell in Buffalo Grove in June 2013. | Ronnie Wachter~Sun-Times Media
The retention pond at the intersection of Deerfield Parkway and Larraway Drive could not contain the five inches of rain that fell in Buffalo Grove in June 2013. | Ronnie Wachter~Sun-Times Media

Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire seem to have so far dodged flooding issues today.

Mike Skibbe, deputy director of public works for Buffalo Grove, said that the village had not received any calls about flooding issues so far.

Lincolnshire did not receive any calls reporting flooding issues either, according to Brad Woodbury, director of public works for Lincolnshire.

Woodbury said the department has been checking and maintaining various areas of the village throughout the week to ensure that the forecasted rain didn’t cause any backups.

“We’ve had crews out checking all of our critical areas and clearing all of our storm drains in preparation for the rain the last couple of days,” Woodbury said.

The village has about 30 critical drainage areas — areas with a higher potential for some minor flooding issues — that are checked when rain is forecasted

“We check all of those areas just to make sure they’re flowing, and we make sure that there are no obstructions or debris blocking drainage,” Woodbury said.

Woodbury didn’t anticipate sending out anyone from public works to recheck the critical areas Friday.

The river gauge along the Des Plaines River was well below the level where they might be concerned, he added.

“It’s only at 6.95 feet right now, so we are not even close to any kind of major flooding,” Woodbury said.

The “stage” of the river is the height of the water surface above a known elevation, according to the village.

An action stage — a “heads-up” stage — would be 10.5 feet; a minor flood stage would be 11 feet; a moderate flood stage would be 12.7 feet; a major flood level stage would be 15.5 feet; and a 100-year flood would be 17.5 feet.

The lack of flooding issues in the two towns is a far cry from the area near and southwest of Midway International Airport, which received about 3.6 inches of rain in 40 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

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