Latest Des Plaines River Stories

2009-09-30 17:58:00

Lake Michigan's food chain is under threat from an invasive fish and biologists are working on ways to keep it out of the lake, university scientists say. A $9 million electric fish barrier keeps Asian carp from migrating between the Mississippi River and the lake and the Army Corps of Engineers just boosted the power, the Milwaukee Journal Gazette reported Wednesday. However, the giant fish are also in the Des Plaines River, which has a history of breaching its banks and flooding into the...

2008-09-15 09:00:28

CHICAGO (MCT) -- Rain-swollen rivers and creeks forced hundreds of voluntary evacuations across the Chicago region on Sunday, damaged homes and at least one architectural landmark, left two Indiana men drowned in a drainage ditch, and triggered emergency declarations in half a dozen Illinois communities and all of Cook County. Fire officials in Chesterton, Ind., near Indiana Dunes State Park, confirmed Sunday that two men there died after apparently drowning in a flooded drainage ditch, but...

2008-09-07 21:00:11

By Lee Filas lfilas@@dailyherald.com Communities along the swollen Fox and Des Plaines rivers are bracing for flooding and closely watching weather reports. How much flooding will depend on the overnight rainfall. State officials warn that if National Weather Service predictions of an inch of rain hold true, parts of Lake, Cook, McHenry and Kane counties could be in for the second instance of significant flooding in eight months. Last August, more than 400 homes along the Fox River...

2007-12-26 21:00:11

By Mick Zawislak mzawislak@@dailyherald.com The newest Lake County forest preserve has always been popular with anglers, but soon will be open to the general public. Lake Carina on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue near Gurnee will offer a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier and other amenities. The facility officially opens to the public Wednesday. "It's much bigger than it looks," said Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner Steve Carlson. "It's the only forest preserve facility in...

2007-10-20 09:00:18

By Liam Ford and Ray Quintanilla, Chicago Tribune Oct. 20---- First proposed more than a decade after devastating floods hit the Chicago area in 1986, a $72 million package of levee and reservoir projects is finally ready to move forward, promising relief to residents who had a close call this summer, officials said Friday. Property owners have chafed at the long planning process for the project, which got started after the record floods more than 20 years ago killed seven people and...

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