Lincolnshire street closures remain, flooding expected to get worse

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- Even though most of the rain is gone, the flooding threat is not over. The Des Plaines River could reach record levels in many communities.

Many streets are closed in Lincolnshire due to flooding and it could soon get worse.

The National Weather service says the Des Plaines River is expected to rise to 17.5 feet, before falling.

It's already more than 16-feet.

Golf courses are now flooded and many roads are not drivable.

Lake County is still in a state of emergency. Over the next few days people there will be cleaning up what they can and building walls of sandbags to try to keep new water out.

The swollen Des Plaines River is beyond flood stage and may not crest until this weekend.

“They said it’s a 100-year flood, but it’s the third time in 12 years I’ve seen it like this.,” Lynn Goodell, a Lincolnshire resident said.

Goodell and a handful of volunteers were helping set up sand bags at the home of friend who is out of town.

“So these are all members of the church, the fellow who lives here is our minister, and he’s on a work issue, so he’s away,” Goodell said.

The rain has stopped, but the flooding threat remains, according to the Lake County board chairman.

John Van Duyn Hoven’s boots squish the soggy sod with a sense of resignation.

“It’s water that went over the Des Plaines River banks and surrounded our houses,” Van Duyn Hoven said.

Even though his home designed with flood ports in foundation wall to keep water damage to a minimum, he’s still dealing with a lot of water.

Nervous residents say they’re watching and trying to stay patient as things dry out.

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