Weather Updates

Libertyville High School remains closed after flood

Updated: April 19, 2013 7:27PM

LIBERTYVILLE — Libertyville High School canceled classes again Friday, April 19 as clean-up continued after the building’s basement flood, according to the school’s website.

With the Des Plaines River continuing to rise, Libertyville faces severe flooding issues.

Libertyville High School closed its doors Thursday, April 18 after the basement flooded with 4 feet of water. School officials said they worried about structural damange, but Fire Chief Rich Carani said an engineer inspected the area and found no damage.

The basement has not flooded in at least 13 years, that officials recall.

“Maintenance people found a leak in the basement, beneath the art wing,” said Mary Godoric, director of communications for School District 128. “There may be some buckling, but we don’t know what the impact is on the structure of the building.”

The water damaged several pallets of copy paper and toilet paper. Crews are being cautious on the site because utility conduits are near the water.

As the rain continues, and water levels continue to rise throughout the Village of Libertyville, so do the water levels in the school’s sub-basement. District 128 will continue to work with first responders and engineers to access the damage. A fire department liaison is remaining on site for the day.

All after-school activities scheduled to take place today at the school are canceled. The District will post continued updates on the situation on its website and social media.

School officials have not determined if there will be school tomorrow. But because flooding has been so bad in Libertyville and neighboring Lake County towns, county officials declared a state of emergency late Thursday morning.

There is also a large amount of standing water in the high school’s back parking lot.

Village officials arranged sandbagging efforts yesterday to head off flooding in areas very close to the river, but the rain has been falling too fast for it to make much of an impact.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.