Flooding prompts emergency meeting, mandatory evacuations

April 21, 2013 (DES PLAINES, Ill.)

Des Plaines is just one of several communities where flood waters had yet to recede completely Sunday.

A lot of roads remained closed Sunday and hundreds of residents displaced in the village's first ward which was hardest hit by last week's torrential rains and the record-high river levels and flooding that followed.

The Des Plaines River crested at a record 10-point-92 feet on Friday, nearly 6 feet above flood stage. Aerial views show much of Des Plaines under water, including large stretches of roads.

ABC7 Chicago spoke with one Des Plaines woman who said she had just moved into the area recently.

"All the floors, everything needs to be replaced. The bathrooms, the bedrooms, the living, the dining room," said resident Erika Berg.

Berg and her boyfriend had to slog through flood waters to take items from their home to dry land as many residents scrambled to salvage what they could from water-logged houses.

Des Plaines officials were expected to declare a state of emergency at the meeting Sunday, which began at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, evacuations continued in west suburban Wheaton Sunday amid fears a levee could burst and send water from a retention pond into an already soaked subdivision.

Authorities said the affected area was near Brentwood and Briarcliff. A reverse 911 call alerted residents to the threat.

Firefighters also were going door-to-door for anyone who might have missed the message.

Also partially under water are Wheaton, Marseilles, McHenry County and Moline.

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