Forecasters warn flooding could worsen in suburban Chicago

A man carries sandbags to reinforce the barrier he build to keep the floodwater from reaching his house in Gurnee Ill. Friday. Illinois officials say flood damage north of Chicago is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers

A man carries sandbags to reinforce the barrier he build to keep the floodwater from reaching his house in Gurnee Ill. Friday. Illinois officials say flood damage north of Chicago is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers

"We'll continue to work through the week, and we expect the response to continue", said Joy Squier of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago & Northern Illinois.

"Folks think 'Well it's not raining anymore". "This is risky, and the danger has not gone away".

In Russell, near the border of Wisconsin, the Des Plaines River reached a high of 12.15 feet on Friday, according to the National Weather Service, shattering the 2004 record of 11.09 feet. Power outages caused by flooding forced the evacuation Wednesday of Lake Forest Hospital in suburban Chicago.

A man carries sandbags to reinforce the barrier he built to keep the flood water from reaching his house on Friday, in Gurnee, Ill.

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Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties.

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Days of rainfall gave way to flooding after historic rises in the levels of the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers, and Sunday, Gov. Bruce Rauner gave the area around Algonquin a look to assess the damage there.

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Of the roughly 6,800 buildings that have been affected, about 2,100 are submerged - many along the Chain O'Lakes, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said. Lawlor says officials predict about 5,800 structures will be submerged soon. The governor first issued the alert for Lake, McHenry and Kane Counties after his visit to Lake County on Friday.

Patti Thompson, with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, says local residents are leading the way in the flood effort.

Officials at the Fox Waterway Agency said the river may begin to fall after cresting Sunday without further rainfall.

So far, the state has provided 350,000 sandbags to Lake County and 100,000 sandbags to McHenry County, according to Rauner's statement, with 50,000 headed to Kane County on Monday and 350,000 additional sandbags to be delivered around northern IL.

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