The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Flood Warning: July 26, 2017 Update

Current Conditions

National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Fox River at the Algonquin tailwater affecting Kane and McHenry Counties.  As of 12:30 p.m. on July 26, 2017, the Fox River is at 12.16 feet, which is at major flood stage.  While the levels are dropping slowly, the Village encourages those who have utilized sand bags or other preventative measures, to leave those measures in place until the waters have substantially receded. Current National Weather Service predictions indicate these levels to remain in the major/moderate flood range for at least the next week. Notifications of the process for the Village’s sand bag recovery effort will be distributed later this week. This recovery effort will likely begin next week.  We thank everyone for their amazing effort in assisting the people of Algonquin during this challenging event.

Floodwater Safety

With the water levels beginning to drop, we ask that individuals be reminded that flood waters can contain dangerous contaminants, and can move at a very swift rate. Staying away from, and out of, flood waters, creeks, detention areas, and the Fox River is requested.  Check out the additional information below regarding floodwater safety.

Supplies Available

Flood cleanup kits supplied by the American Red Cross. are available for flood victims at the Public Works Facility. You may also contact the American Red Cross at 847-220-7495 for flood cleanup kits.  A Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC), providing recovery assistance for people affected by flooding in McHenry County.  The MARC will be open on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 (see flyer) at the McHenry Township Hall (3703 N Richmond Rd, Johnsburg).

Disposal of Flood-Related Debris

Recovery from flood damage may require demolition and/or construction. Residents may contact licensed removal contractors to provide construction and demolition.  For a special waste collection or to rent a roll-off container, residents are able to contact Groot at 800-244-1977 or an alternative waste removal company.

Residents are responsible for costs associated with these services.

Notifications of the process for the Village’s sand bag recovery effort will be distributed later this week.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will be needed for clean out, muck-out and debris removal after the waters have recede. People interested in offering assistance should visit www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org.

Street Closures

  • Beach Drive (east of Rattray Drive)
  • Center Street
  • Filip Street
  • Fox River Drive
  • Jayne Street
  • La Fox River Drive (from Washington Street to Cornish Park)
  • Willow Street

For safety purposes, the public is advised to avoid these areas.   Please do not block driveways or sandbag drop locations.  Keep roadways passable so sandbag trucks and public safety vehicles may access the area.

Park Closures

The following park locations are closed to the public:

Donations

For residents and businesses who want to contribute to relief, cleanup and recovery efforts, the Village of Algonquin is unable to accept donations at this time. Several not-for-profit agencies – the Salvation Army, Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Team Rubicon, United Way, Samaritan’s Purse - currently working in affected areas welcome donations. Donors are advised to be cautious when making contributions, verify that the organization is legitimate, and to be wary of door-to-door solicitations or those made over social media and through email.

Residents with questions regarding the flooding event and most current forecasts may visit the Village website or connect with the Village on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Nixle).