During the event of a Flood you should know the following information:
Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths.
Currents can be deceptive. If you walk in standing water be sure to use a pole or stick to
ensure that firm ground is ahead.
Do not drive through a flooded area.
This includes road barriers. Barriers are there for your protection.
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer
after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current travels through water. If you see
downed power lines report them immediately to the Village Police Department by dialing 911.
Have your electricity turned off by Commonwealth Edison. If you have been flooded you should
be aware that some appliances, such as televisions, hold electrical charges even after they
have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have been wet unless they have
been cleaned and checked by a professional. Commonwealth Edison's phone number is
Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles,
lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been
ventilated. Nicor Gas's emergency phone number is (888) 642-6748.
Look out for animals. Small animals or reptiles that have been flooded out of their homes may
seek shelter in yours.
Clean everything that got wet. Floodwaters have picked up sewage and chemicals from roads,
farms, factories, and storage buildings. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicine can be
health hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.
Preparation is very important in any emergency situation. Please be aware of things you can do to
alleviate flooding in your area. Plan ahead and feel free to contact the Village Police
Department or Public Works Department with any questions you may have.