Flooding causes mandatory evacuation for some residents in Marseilles

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MARSEILLES, Ill. -- A mandatory evacuation is in effect for some residents in Marseilles who live near the fast-rising Illinois River.

About 200 households are impacted and police said compliance for the evacuation is around 80 percent.

The river level is more than 22 feet. It is expected to crest around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and remain there for up to eight to 10 hours.

The gates on the dam are open.

Back in 2013 in Marseilles, spring flooding damaged more than 100 homes, and displaced about 1,200 people.

In northwest Indiana people there dealing with same problem while flood waters  are inundating streets and encroaching on homes.

Some motorists broke the cardinal advisory rule and tried to drive through it.

Officials are recommending people along the Little Calumet get out.

With the rain and the snow melting, plus the ground being too frozen to absorb much,  this was bound to happen.


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