Some DuPage County residents evacuating by boat to escape flooding

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:50 p.m. CDT

Reports of area residents having to evacuate their homes by boat have been confirmed.

According to DuPage County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Spokesman Dave Hass, boats are being used to evacuate residents in select areas throughout the county, but he did not have specifics.

States of emergency have been declared in Lisle, Villa Park, Warrenville, Elmhurst, Addison and Lombard.

Hass added that the county has given out about 40,000 sandbags to various municipalities so far.

"Right now, apparently we received about 6 inches of rain and were expecting another inch or so," he said at 11:20 a.m. Thursday. "The weather service told us the flood warning is supposed to expire at noon. Our concern is water from the north will be draining down the creeks and rivers to us."

He said all DuPage County government buildings are closed today with the exception of emergency operations such as the sheriff's department.

He advised people to stay at home.

"And if you must drive, don't go into standing water and don't go around barricades," he said.

The county is posting road and school closures to its website at protectdupage.org.

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