State of emergency declared in west, northwest suburbs
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE April 18, 2013 9:30AM
Updated: April 18, 2013 9:32AM
Town officials in at least four west and northwest suburbs have declared various states of emergency or disaster Thursday morning, urging residents not to travel and others not to venture in because of flooding, road closures and stressed emergency resources.
States of emergency or disaster declarations have been called in Lombard, Elmhurst, Schiller Park and River Grove.
At 4:58 a.m., Lombard’s acting Village President Bill Ware declared the village in a state of emergency because of flooding and high water.
Lombard has received about 5 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, which has led to flooded roads, ponds overtopping banks and hazardous conditions, a statement from the town said.
Forecasts anticipate rain throughout the morning, which will lead to additional high water and flood conditions.
The village was focusing its resources on property damage and emergency situations, and strongly encouraged residents to avoid traveling, as many vehicles have been stuck in high water.
Schiller Park has issued a flooding emergency. The village is urging residents to remain inside and off the roads as much as possible. Conditions are in some cases dangerous and some roads are impassable, a statement on the village website said. Residents were urged to contact 911 only if they have an imminent emergency.
In Elmhurst, a declaration of disaster was issued because of flooding, severe sewage backup into homes and overwhelmed resources.
River Grove is also urging caution with numerous roads closed by high water. A statement on the village website said, “Due to flooding these roads are shut down: Grand Avenue west from Thatcher to West; 5th Avenue/River Road from North north to Belmont. The River Road cutoff closed at 1st Avenue.
All park and recreation programs have been canceled, the statement said.