Highland Park Braces For Storms

Bob Roberts
September 05, 2018 - 7:29 pm

HIGHLAND PARK (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- People living in low-lying areas of the north suburbs say the last thing they need is more rain, but a big storm could be just days away.

Now that last weekend’s storms have moved out, public works officials in the northern suburbs are watching for what’s next.

The next round of storms will be scattered, and is not expected to send the Skokie or Chicago rivers over their banks in Highland Park. Still, Public Works Director Ramesh Kanapareddy said his department and a small supply of sandbags are ready.

Highland Park received 5 ½ inches of rain over the weekend, 3 ½ inches of which fell Sunday night into Monday. He said the rivers and sewers can handle up to 3 inches of rain, so long as it doesn’t fall at once.

What worries Kanapareddy and Lake County Stormwater Management officials is the storm that could arrive Sunday night, which would be the rainy remnants of Hurricane Gordon.

Kanapareddy said forecasters see two possible tracks. One would hit Lake County; the other would miss it.

He said an on-call list is already prepared. Seven public works employees were called in to deal with the holiday weekend flooding in Highland Park.

Highland Park residents who experience flooding are urged to call (847) 432-0807 or (847) 432-7730 for assistance.