Officials Order Mandatory Evacuation of Marseilles Over Flooding Concerns - NBC Chicago

Officials Order Mandatory Evacuation of Marseilles Over Flooding Concerns

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    Mandatory Evacuations Underway in Marseilles 

    Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation of Marseilles, Illinois, Wednesday morning over flooding concerns. NBC 5's Chris Hush reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018)

    Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation of Marseilles, Illinois, Wednesday morning over flooding concerns. 

    Approximately 200 homes in the town, located in LaSalle County, were being evacuated, according to Marseilles Police Chief James Hovious. 

    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. 

    Flooding Makes for Dangerous Morning Commute

    [CHI] Flooding Makes for Dangerous Morning Commute

    Multiple streets are flooded in south suburban Ford Heights, prompting road and school closures, forcing evacuations and making for a dangerous morning commute. NBC 5's Sandra Torres reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018)

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

    Officials in south suburban Ford Heights encouraged residents to stay inside, writing on Facebook "the streets are not safe for vehicles or people" and offering emergency aid with boats.

    Ford Heights closed Cottage Grove School, Medgar Evers School, Tidye Phillips School and District #169 as a precaution amid major flooding, in an effort to keep people from traveling in the dangerous road conditions. 

    Wet Roads, Falling Temps Make For Tough Commute

    [CHI] Wet Roads, Falling Temps Make For Tough Commute
    The combination of wet roads and falling temperatures will worsen overnight and make driving dangerous Wednesday morning. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez has been checking out the situation in StormChaser 5 along I-88.
    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    In nearby Dolton, first responders rescued a woman sitting on top of her flooded car, with video of the encounter showing firefighters pulling the stranded driver down from her minivan and carrying her through waist-high water.

    The Cook County Department of Transportation closed some roads on Tuesday, largely in the south suburbs, due to flooding. Those streets include: 

    • Sauk Trail – Western Avenue to Ashland Avenue in Bloom Township
    • 108th Avenue – 159th Street to 161st Street in Orland Park
    • 135th Street – Southwest Highway to LaGrange Road in Orland Park
    • Midlothian Turnpike – Cicero Avenue to Laramie Avenue in Crestwood
    • Kedzie Avenue – 135th Street to 139th Street in Robbins
    • Will-Cook Road – 151st Street to 159th Street in Orland Park
    • 179th Street – Southwest Highway to Marley Creek Boulevard in Orland Park
    • Vollmer Road just west of Western Avenue at Flossmoor

    Retirement Home Evacuated as Winter Weather Advisory Expands Over Most of Chicago Area

    [CHI] Retirement Home Evacuated as Winter Weather Advisory Expands Over Most of Chicago Area

    It's been a tough, challenging night for a group of seniors in Ottawa. Operators decided to evacuate the nursing home where they live as a precaution as the nearby Illinois River rises. Dick Johnson reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    A Flood Watch remained in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday, with the National Weather Service noting that several inches of rain combined with higher temperatures - accelerating snow melt - would lead to flooding of streams and rivers. 

    With the ground still frozen, officials feared that water would not absorb but instead run off, exacerbating flooding conditions, particularly along the Little Calumet River and the Kankakee River. 

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