Des Plaines roads still impassable, river remains above flood stage

A flooded road in Des Plaines, Ill., on April 22, 2013.

April 25, 2013 9:48:30 AM PDT
Major flooding in Des Plaines continues to plague city residents nearly a week after the rain first began falling.

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The National Weather Service reported at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that the Des Plaines River is at flood stage 8.78 feet, after the river crested at a record 10.92 feet on Friday.

Des Plaines Police are advising motorists to seek alternate routes when traveling through the city due to many major arterials that remain closed.

Accessible north/south routes include:

  • Mt. Prospect Road
  • Elmhurst Road
  • Wolf Road
  • Lee Street/Higgins Road
Accessible east/west routes include:
  • Miner/Northwest Highway
  • Touhy Avenue
  • Devon Avenue
  • Oakton Street
  • Rand Road
The following roads remain closed:
  • Big Bend Drive
  • Golf Road between River Road and East River Road
  • Lee Street between River Road and Elk Boulevard
  • River Road between Rand Road and Elk Boulevard
  • River Road between Miner Street & Touhy Avenue
  • Central Road between East River Road & River Road
  • Algonquin Road between River Road & Lee Street
  • Busse Highway at Miner Street to Mason Lane
  • Northbound River Road at Central Road

Oakton Community College will be closed on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday April 24, 2013. North School is closed Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Des Plaines residents are advised to turn to cable channel #17 and the city's website,, for more information as it becomes available. Flooding information and non-emergency calls may be directed to the Des Plaines Emergency Management Agency (EMA) at 847-391-5396.