Marseilles Remains Under Evacuation Order as Flooding Woes Continue

Marseilles, Illinois, remained under a mandatory evacuation order Thursday as flooding concerns continued to plague the area. 

Approximately 200 homes in the town, located in LaSalle County, were ordered evacuated beginning Wednesday, according to Marseilles Police Chief James Hovious. Approximately 80 percent of those people complied, officials said.

Everyone asked to leave their homes was taken to either the area Lions Club or American Legion, officials said, and no one was allowed in the area after 2 p.m. Wednesday. 

The area being evacuated was south of Illinois and Michigan Canal, and east of Main Street, Hovious said, including Broadway Street, Tolin Street, Illinois Street, Wallace Street and River Street. 

The evacuation came as floodwaters pummeled the Chicago area, impacting the south suburbs in particular - shutting down roads, closing schools and even prompting emergency rescues. 

The nearby Illinois River crested overnight in major flood stage, with water levels expected to recede Thursday morning. 

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