John W. Norris Mayor, Village of Riverwoods
I had planned to talk about the Ribbon Cutting at the opening of the new Village Hall and about Deerfield Road. Mother Nature changed my plans.
As I am sure everyone is aware, Tuesday night July 11 and Wednesday morning July 12, extremely heavy rain, both locally and farther north across the Des Plaines River watershed resulted in some surface flooding throughout the Village on Wednesday, and record high water on the Des Plaines River later in the week. As a result, I declared a State of Emergency for flooding on Wednesday morning, setting into action our Emergency Operations Plan and enabling us to obtain assistance from Lake County.
Fortunately, only a limited number of structures actually were flooded; we did, however, have a number of homes seriously threatened, and many streets impassable due to high water. The Village obtained sand and bags from Lake County, and contracted for several laborers to fill the bags. These workers were supplemented by over 50 resident volunteers who responded to our call for help, not just on Wednesday, but also on Thursday and Friday. Let me express a deeply felt “thank you” from the entire Village, as well as my personal thank you, to these wonderful people and to the many others who helped their neighbors during this emergency.
Chief Dayno attended a county Damage Assessment Workshop on July 18th to begin the cleanup process and the process of applying for State and Federal disaster funds. We will be conducting a full review of our response to the emergency and to recommend further action as appropriate.
While the flooding appears to be over, we must continue to work together to clean up after the water recedes. I’m confident the residents of Riverwoods will be up to the challenge.