Des Plaines to hold emergency meeting over flooding

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The Des Plaines City Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday morning, to address the massive flooding in the area.

In Des Plaines, the water is still five or six feet deep in some places. That means for hundreds of people living along the river, the only way to navigate the streets is by boat. The Des Plaines river has started to recede, after cresting just below 11 feet Friday night. A massive cleanup will soon be underway to clear the garbage that’s left behind from the flood.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also expected to make an announcement today, over the flooding in Albany Park. Mayor Emanuel toured the hard hit area Friday afternoon, along with Congressman Mike Quigley. Albany Park City officials said utilities still have to be restored to some residents, but flood waters have been pumped out of the community’s residential streets.

Governor Pat Quinn took a helicopter tour through several flooded communities in the Fox River Valley Saturday. Quinn added four more counties to the state disaster declaration: Knox County, Livingston County, McDonough County, and Douglas County. The state disaster declaration will help affected communities recover from flooding, and will allow the state to pursue federal relief and support. He will tour several more areas today, including: Ottawa, Marseilles, and Morris.

Quinn said the best way to get that assistance is to record every bit of loss, in detail. “The most important thing for people who have flooding in their basement or in their house or anywhere on their property – the same way with businesses – is to document everything,” Quinn said. “And, that’s also true of the governments.”

About 75 miles southwest of Chicago, the town of Marseilles is still recovering from its evacuation of 1,500 residents when the Illinois River breached the North Bank Levee.  More than 300 homes were flooded. Marseilles officials said the river has crested, and people will be allowed back into their homes as soon as all of the damage is assessed. That could take up to another week.

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