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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Des Plaines River near Gurnee are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - near Russell Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Lincolnshire
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 11
Moderate Flood Stage: 9
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6.5
Low Stage (in feet): 1

Historic Crests
(1) 12.09 ft on 07/16/2017
(2) 11.95 ft on 09/27/1986
(3) 11.76 ft on 05/25/2004
(4) 11.20 ft on 04/20/2013
(5) 10.64 ft on 04/03/1960
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.63 ft on 03/13/2021
(2) 9.84 ft on 05/20/2020
(3) 9.73 ft on 05/02/2020
(4) 8.01 ft on 04/01/2020
(5) 6.88 ft on 11/01/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.50 ft on 09/02/1970
(2) 0.74 ft on 08/10/1999
(3) 1.00 ft on 02/16/2003
(4) 1.07 ft on 10/17/2013
(5) 1.13 ft on 10/01/1998
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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13.5 Structures are threatened at Libertyville Wastewater Treatment Plant.
12.5 Structures are threatened at Mundelein Water Reclamation Facility near Libertyville.
12 Libertyville Wastewater Treatment Plant property is threatened.
11 US-41 (Skokie Highway) is inundated near the river in Gurnee. Mundelein Water Reclamation Facility property is threatened near Libertyville.
10 Residences threatened along Kilbourne Road and near O'Plaine Road and McClure Avenue in Gurnee. Businesses threatened along Old Grand Avenue near IL-132 in Gurnee. IL-132 (Grand Avenue) is threatened east of the river in Gurnee.
9 Kilbourne Road and Emerald Avenue threatened near Grand Avenue in Gurnee.
7 Forest land inundated near the river in Gurnee.
6 Water overtops low-lying banks in Gurnee.
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1.0 River nears zero flow.

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