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Hoping For The Best But Preparing For the Worst, Village of Salem Lakes Announces Plan For Potential Flooding


Salem Lakes Village Administrator Cassandra Hiller is hoping that the possible flooding that is being forecasted doesn’t happen. She isn’t, however, leaving anything to chance.

Cassandra – Village Administrator, Village of Salem Lakes

Today, Hiller announced that Village staff are currently working with Kenosha County to make sand and sandbags available at the Wilmot Pit and in Silver Lake at the Fire Station.  “Kenosha County is loading sand now and has sand and unfilled bags ready to go,” said Hiller Tuesday Afternoon. Residents will need to bring their own shovels and load the bags themselves.

The Fox River near New Munster is currently under a flood warning and is expected to crest on Thursday at potentially a major flood stage.

From Accuweather:


At 13.8 feet, Floodwaters are into the lower levels of some homes in the Town of Wheatland and Village of Salem Lakes areas along Riverside Drive and Shorewood Drive.

At 8:00 AM CDT Tuesday the stage was 10.8 feet. – Bankfull stage is 10.0 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage this evening and crest near 13.7 feet Thursday evening. Flood stage is 11.0 feet.

As for flood history, this crest compares to a previous crest of 13.7 feet on 06/15/1999. Click here for some helpful information.

If the river reaches 14 feet, it will be the 5th worst flood in recent history.

Major Flood Stage:14
Moderate Flood Stage:13
Flood Stage:11
Action Stage:10
Flood Categories (in feet)

Historic Crests
(1) 17.47 ft on 07/13/2017
(2) 15.18 ft on 06/15/2008
(3) 14.98 ft on 08/24/2007
(4) 14.50 ft on 04/20/2013
(5) 13.73 ft on 05/24/2004
(6) 13.68 ft on 06/15/1999
(7) 13.63 ft on 10/04/2019
(8) 13.61 ft on 10/04/2019
(9) 13.40 ft on 09/14/2019
(10) 13.35 ft on 02/21/2018

As a heads up, the sandbags will be self-serve and the public will need to bring shovels, said Hiller. “Here are the two locations you can use.” Hiller is encouraging residents of Wheatland and Salem Lakes to spread this information with friends and family.

  • Kenosha County – Wilmot Gravel Pit Location on Highway C:  Sand will be available beginning this afternoon (+/- 3 pm) and available through Thursday evening (can be extended as the event dictates)
  • Silver Lake Fire Station: Beginning this afternoon (+/- 3 pm), this location will be open continuously through Thursday evening (can be extended as the event dictates)


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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3 Responses

  1. ENOUGH of “saving” homes built on a flood plain. Wasted money.
    Yes. I enjoy water too. I lived on L. Michigan. The real deal. I Loved it.
    Yet my home was never at risk of being washed away.

    1. Some people can’t afford to move from this location.. so cool you can afford to live on the lake- some can’t!

  2. It’ll get worse in a matter of time when Kenosha Co decides to do the BS wetland mitigation buffoonery like it’s hero Lake Co.

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