Lake County officials declare state of emergency due to severe flooding

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LAKE COUNTY, Ill. -- Officials in Lake County have declared a state of emergency due to significant flooding.

Severe storms hit the Chicago area in the overnight hours Wednesday, causing major flooding and high-standing waters.

A proclamation declaring that severe flooding had created disaster in Lake County was signed Wednesday.

It was sent to Governor Rauner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

People along the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers are keeping busy, trying to keep the water out.

It'll be a busy 24 hours for Vince Consolo who is rushing to sandbag his home before the Fox River Crests.

But he knows he'll get some help. The village of Fox River Grove is providing sand and up to 25 sandbags per resident.

"River neighbors are awesome. They’re there to help when they're needed,” Kim Matz, a resident, said.

Matz loves the neighbors who helped her take her boat out of the rising waters of the Fox River where a debris advisory is in effect. Getting her boat out almost certainly prevents damage. But the flood waters are causing other problems.

The worst of the flooding is still at least 24 hours away. Water from Wisconsin is still making its way south to Illinois.

The crest is expected to take place this weekend according to the latest estimates by the Fox Waterway Agency. Fox River Grove Fire and Police Department commanders are closely monitoring the situation.

The Des Plaines River is also expected to crest on Saturday.

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An apartment building in Grayslake, Ill., had to be evacuated because of the high waters.

The apartment is in the 700 block of Brittany Square.

Police said all the utilities have been shut off at the building. Residents are being moved to shelters or temporary housing.

There are no reports of any injuries.

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