River Forest residents urged to evacuate west Lake Street area

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By Rosie Powers

Digital Editor

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.

View River Forest street closures in a larger map

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RF Achievement  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 7:19 PM

@Grace, I agree with you 100%. This is a total hats off to the new Administration brought in by John Rigas. He cleaned the dirty laundry that was left there by Mr. Paris. We finally have real Pros over there - Mr. Palm keep up the Great work. Appreciate the calls and updates as well as the ACTION.

RF Achievement  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 7:17 PM

Flooding at Priory, well those homes / lots were dooled out as favors by Paris - to the lucky few. He micromanged that park project, and the drainage he insisted on is a disaster. So, people who got favors also got a gift that keeps on giving. there is NO reason it should flood there. Why, cause all the run off from open fields. Why - becasue there is NO drainage underneath the fields. A utter disaster. No River to blame for that.

Grace from River Forest  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 6:32 PM

River Forest village management doing great job of keeping us informed & safe. Thank you!

Steve from River Forest  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 6:14 PM

Well done Spider, well done....


Posted: April 18th, 2013 3:05 PM

As of 2, volunteers have moved to Chicago and Thatcher. Lots of hardworking Concordia and Dominican students and others helping out. Jimmy Johns sent much loved sandwiches and water.

Deja Vu  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 11:37 AM

But how are the homes on the Priory? Kudos to Village for immediately addressing their flooding problems and acting on them asap when they first arose 3 years ago. Lake Street, you have problems with flooding? Geez, we didn't know. But don't expect the Village Manager to personally assist the pumping out of your basement. That would be favoritism.


Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:56 AM

Now it literally IS a river forest and a lake street! *cue joke drum noise

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