The village built a flood wall near Chicago and Thatcher avenues late Wednesday night.Photos by Mike Risher/Staff

Police and fire crews are urging River Forest residents living near Lake Street and River Oaks Drive to evacuate their homes, as heavy rain has caused water levels in the Des Plaines River to rise.

“The indications are that this is going to be a record flood,” said Eric Palm, River Forest village administrator.

Evacuated residents are being sent to the River Forest Public Library at 736 Lathrop Ave. For residents who need help evacuating, Palm said the village is coordinating transportation through Dominican University to help evacuate residents safely.

The village extended the berm near Lake Street and River Oaks Drive yesterday with sandbags to lessen flooding in the nearby residential area, which crews will continue to reinforce throughout the day today. The village also built a flood wall near Chicago and Thatcher avenues late Wednesday night.

Both Lake Street and Chicago Avenue remain closed between 1st Avenue and Thatcher Avenue.


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Village requests volunteers for sandbagging efforts

Dominican University posted this message on their website.

The Village of River Forest has asked for assistance with sandbagging efforts along the Des Plaines River.

To join this emergency effort, you can board the shuttle from the Main Campus at the top of every hour, and you will be taken to the volunteer site.

Contact: Jessica Mackinnon – 708-278-0152

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