With snow melting and more precipitation arriving, Lake County towns are doing what they can to try and prevent flooding.
Lake Zurich Public Works Manager Mike Brown said the next 24 hours will be especially challenging for crews working quickly to clear snow and ice away from storm drains after more harsh weather began to move into the area overnight.
While he said there haven’t been problems with the melting snow yet, officials are keeping an especially close eye on areas that were hit hard by flooding in June.
Those rains filled many residents’ basements with water, left some without sewer service for a day and resulted in some residents being evacuated from their homes by police boat.
“We’ll just keep an eye on what happens,” Brown said. “We’re expecting the worst and hoping for the best.”
He said there are multiple feet worth of snow that have melted and will continue to melt until a cold front comes in, which is expected to happen tomorrow.
Today’s forecast of heavy rains will just exacerbate the problem, he said.
“I’d actually rather have snow at this point,” he said.
Other Lake County towns are taking similar precautionary measures, which have county officials advising residents to watch for flooded roads while taking measures to protect their homes.
In a press release from the Stormwater Management Commission, residents were urged to take their own preventative steps, such as clearing storm drains, checking sump pumps and clearing snow and ice from gutters and downspouts.
The county’s recommendations mirrors measures towns like Lake Forest, Libertyville and Mundelein are taking. While none of the towns have reported serious issues yet, they’re also preparing for the possibility of flash floods.
Daniel Martin, Lake Forest’s superintendent of public works, said plows have been out clearing snow away from curbs to help water drainage and generally thaw things out.
“We’ll continue to chip away…so when we do start to experience rain, we’ll be prepared,” he said.