Residents had no warning when the swollen Des Plaines River did something no one’s seen in over a decade. The raging waters cleared the east berm of the levee near 47th Street, flooding scores of homes and basements.
“The water started coming over close to 10 o’clock last night,” said Frank Yurka, Village administrator. “The Federal Emergency Management Authority told us the river would crest today, but I’m not seeing it.”
Initial reports were that the levee broke. But engineers determined the water levels simply cleared the east berm.
Families with children and babies are being evacuated from the neighborhood. Close to 700 people live in the small southwest suburban Chicago community.
Some of the displaced families have been sent to Home Elementary school in nearby Stickney, to give folks a chance to dry out.