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Weather conditions predicted to make travel unsafe, possible flooding

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 3:18 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:31 a.m. CST
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(Jesse Carpender)
Drivers brave the snow Monday on Washington Street in Grayslake.

COUNTY – A large and complicated storm system is expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain starting late tonight through through Friday morning creating hazardous driving conditions, possible power outages, and the potential for minor flooding in Lake County, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast calls for winter precipitation turning into rain Thursday afternoon, producing the potential for significant snowmelt and localized minor flooding Thursday afternoon, as well as strong, damaging winds with gusts of up to 50 mph possible Thursday evening. Strong winds could cause some trees to topple, leading to scattered power outages.

The village of Lindenhurst is taking precautions to prevent flooding, and is urging residents to do the same, according to a news release from the village.

"Public Works is working this week to clear snow and debris from catch basins in flood-prone areas and major intersections," according to the release. "Residents are being asked to assist the village by clearing storm drains in their neighborhoods by using a broom or shovel to move debris that is preventing water from draining."

Temperatures are forecasted to drop to about 15 degrees by Saturday, thereby increasing the chance that standing water will freeze over storm drains.

Lindenhurst residents who experience excessive local street flooding should contact the Police Department non-emergency number at 847-356-5400. Public Works crews are preparing to respond to snow, icy road conditions or downed trees.

Lake Couty Board member Steve Carlson issued these safety tips in a news release from his office:* Drive Safely- Allow extra time for travel. Do no drive through flooded areas. Even if the water covering the road seems shallow, do not attempt to cross. If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out. Please seek higher ground. The temperature will fall Thursday night turning much of the stormwater runoff into ice making travel difficult.

* Clear your storm drains - Help local drainage by clearing storm grates of snow and debris.

* Check your sump pump - Ensure your sump pump is working properly by pouring water into the pit. Test backup sump pump batteries. Verify that the sump pump discharge pipe outside of your home is not frozen, clogged, or blocked in any way.  If you have a backup sump pump, make sure it is readily available if it becomes necessary to do a quick replacement due to failure.

* Inspect the interior and exterior of your home - Check to make sure your gutters and downspout extension pipes are free of snow, ice, and any other objects. Remove any snow, ice, and debris. Move snow on the ground away from your home and provide a clear drainage path.

* Protect personal belongings - Due to the high winds, bring items inside from outdoors, or tie them down (such as patio furniture). Also, protect items in the basement or crawlspace from water damage by elevating them off the floor or moving them upstairs.

For updates on local road conditions, visit www.lakecountypassage.com.This site also provides a map of road conditions and events, including crashes, stalls, debris, and other roadway incidents and camera images of major intersections across Lake County.

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