New Avenue remains closed in wake of flood

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 2:13 p.m. CDT
(Anna Schier –
The area surrounding the Citgo Refinery in Lemont remains submerged in water following the heavy rainfall Thursday.

LEMONT – Most of roads in Lemont that were closed Thursday due to the flooding are now open, Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy.

New Avenue remains closed between 127th Street and 135th Street, due to standing water. Emergency personnel are working to drain the flooded road, and Shaughnessy said that as of Friday morning there were no other reports of flooding.

The Police Department required the Lemont Emergency Management Agency to address Thursday's rains. The Public Works Department provided flood control assistance as well.

“It was a challenging day,” said Shaughnessy.

A dozen first-responders spent Thursday on the streets of Lemont assisting with flood control. The Police Department received about 35 phone calls regarding standing water and traffic. Shaughnessy was unaware of any homes having flooded, although a first-responder performed a rescue Thursday when a driver's vehicle was swept up in the floodwater.

Road closures Thursday took place across the village, everywhere from 135th Street and Archer Avenue to Kotlin Road and Main Street.

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