Wild wind and weather fallout from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy prompted Wilmette’s municipal and park district officials late Monday to jointly announce beach closures for Gillson and Langdon beaches.
Citing a National Weather Service lakeshore flood warning, park district officials decided to shut the beaches, and both parks, at 7 p.m. Monday. Parks would be open Tuesday on what officials termed a limited basis, “once weather conditions are assessed and the park district determines that it is safe to do so.”
Even after Gillson Park is re-opened, its flood-prone lower areas – the beach parking lot, Overlook Drive, and the Gillson dog beach – will remain closed until after the effects of the storm have abated, officials said.
“Persons are strongly advised to avoid areas near the Lake that are subject to high water and wave action, to stay off structures near the Lake, and to be alert to possibly rising water conditions and exercise extreme caution,” officials stated in an official announcement.
The National Weather Service lakeshore flood warning issued Monday is effective from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday. It includes warnings of strong northerly winds of 50-60 miles per hour on Lake Michigan, with waves as high as 18-23 feet likely by Tuesday.