Barrington area experiences flooding after heavy rainfall in Lake County
Barrington resident Hugh Ruthven talks with firefighters after his neighborhood near Summit and Russell streets experienced flooding. (Todd Shields/Pioneer Press)
Like in other parts of Lake County, the torrential rainfall overnight that continued into the early morning Wednesday has flooded streets throughout Barrington and forced public works crews from the area to try and control the damage.
The overnight rain storms, followed by another wave of storms around 9 a.m. Wednesday, has caused "significant flooding" on various streets in the village, said Village Manager Jeff Lawler.
The storms also saturated flood-prone areas in the village, causing the rain water to run off directly into the village’s sewer system, he said.
Officials turned on additional pumps at the sewage treatment plant to try and ease the backup, and allow for sewage drains to handle more water, he said. Public works crews also have been out since the early morning hours, checking inlets and removing debris throughout Barrington, Lawler said.
"Our sewer systems were recovering well until the second wave of storms hit at approximately 9 a.m. this morning," Lawler said. "At this time, there is significant flooding on village streets. Residents are advised to use caution when driving. Do not drive into a flooded roadway."
At the Miller Park neighborhood near East Russell and South Summit streets late Wednesday morning, Barrington residents watched as water continued to gush out of sewers on the road and spill onto nearby lawns and parkways.
"This is what happens when it rains like this about three to five times a year," said Kate Ashcraft, who lives in the 500 block of South Summit Street. "But this is probably in the top 10."
Ashcraft’s basement, which includes three sump pumps, was not flooded after the storms rolled through Barrington, she said.
Across the street, resident Hugh Ruthven said his four sump pumps have been working throughout the morning after his home saw some some flooding.
"The basement has six inches to one foot of water, and most of my yard is flooded," he said.
In nearby Lake Zurich, officials reported some malfunctioning traffic lights in town and flooding on some streets.
But Village Manager Ray Keller said many local streets started to drain by 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Earlier in the morning, lighting struck the police and fire dispatch center around 8:30 a.m. and knocked out the telephone system at Lake Zurich Village Hall for about 90 minutes. But no widespread power outages were reported in the village, he said.
The storms also have public works crews throughout the area working to clean up debris.
Sgt. Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said authorities responded around 11 a.m. to Kimberly and East Oxford roads in North Barrington after a large tree fell and blocked the road.
Elsewhere in Lake County, trained spotters with the National Weather Service reported flooding 8 to 10 inches deep at Lincoln and Division in Mundelein at 6 a.m. with "numerous houses flooded and people rescued by rafts."
More than 6.75 inches of rain was reported to have fallen by the start of the morning commute in Mundelein. Other rainfall totals included 7.1 inches in Round Lake Park, 5.38 inches in Lake Bluff, 5.3 inches in Lake Villa and 4.46 in Fox Lake.
The Lake County Division of Transportation reported that major road closures during the morning included Route 41 at Westleigh Road in Lake Forest; sections of Route 45 including at Peterson Road in Libertyville and at Gages Lake Road in Gages Lake; Route 120 at Hunt Club Road in Gurnee; and several sections of Route 137 including between Route 21 and St. Mary’s Road in Libertyville and Green Oaks.
Public works officials in Lincolnshire said the village experienced heavy rainfall throughout the night. Crews have been out all morning patrolling streets and checking for problem spots, officials said.
Gurnee officials issued an alert to residents around 8 a.m. stating that the village was "in an emergency flood response."
"As of 7:30 a.m. on July 12, 2017 the Des Plaines River was at level of 10.0 feet and rising," the alert stated. "Rainfall in the last 24 hours totals about 4.5 inches and the river rose over four feet over night."
News-Sun reporters Frank S. Abderholden and Emily K. Coleman contributed.
Lake County was hard hit by torrential rain that caused flash flooding throughout the area early on July 12, 2017.