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Lyons residents evacuated by boat, new record flood levels of over 10 feet expected

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:16 p.m. CDT
Four men watch the floodwater move swiftly along the Des Plaines River at Hofmann Tower in Lyons on April 18. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

LYONS – Water levels have reached dangerous levels in Lyons, according to the police department.

The village's fire department personnel were sent out to rescue residents of at least one home in the Circle Avenue area that has seen heavy flooding.

"We had to send out a boat," Dep. Neil Sexton said. "Water levels are at about 3-4 feet."

The village has closed sections of First and Ogden Avenues, as well as many streets within the village, which are currently impassible.

A new record flood level is projected at 10.5 feet. The water level in areas around the DesPlains River and Salt Creek were at 9.66 feet as of 10:45 a.m.

Officials expect to have to close Ogden Avenue between Lawndale Avenue and Plainfield Avenue when flood waters overtake the road.

The village is also reminding residents not to enter the floodwaters, as they may be dangerous. Residents are also reminded not to enter flooded basements and to call 911 if they need assistance, or need to be evacuated.

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