Residents Urged To Take Precautions Against Possible Flooding

National Weather Service forecasting thaw for Thursday, Feb. 20, which may bring flooding.

Oak Lawn Emergency Management Agency
Oak Lawn Emergency Management Agency

The Village of Oak Lawn is urging residents to take precautions against possible flooding in advance of a possible thaw later in the week.

The National Weater Service is forecasting rain followed by rising temperatures this Thursday, Feb. 20. Due to extensive snow cover on the ground, a rapid thaw may create conditions for flooding.

Residents are advised to take the following steps:

  • Check that your sump pump is plugged in and operational.

  •  If there is a storm drain in front of your residence, check that it is clear of snow or debris.

  • Check the exterior of your home, look for large collections of ice or drifting snow which may fall from your roof or gutters and may injure your family or damage parked vehicles.
  • Avoid driving through standing water.

If you have elderly or disabled neighbors, please assist them in accomplishing these tasks. 

To learn more about winter flooding and safeguarding your home or business, visit "Floodsmart."

Stay safe everyone!



Honestly IPO February 18, 2014 at 05:21 PM
The plows are out going curb to curb!! Double checked and and sewer is clear. Thanks Plow Guy!
STM February 19, 2014 at 07:44 AM
I wish more young people would help the elder people in situations like snow shoveling and such. I used do 3 elderly ladies shoveling plus my own. Now I am disabled but I still help the neighbors as much as I can. They appreciate it. Yesterday I uncovered a sewer two doors down from me, and it was hard to brake the ice down. But at least the melted snow water is not flooding the street, it goes down the sewer.
Chris M. February 19, 2014 at 09:40 AM
My husband and I are retired and we end up snow blowing and shoveling for the elderly in our neighborhood. We have so many high school kids living on our block you would think they would come out and help. We will end up going down the block to shove out the sewers so we don't get flooded.
Oak Lawn Readerr February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Does the Village pay the Oak Lawn Patch to publish its public service announcements? This isnt news. This information was already sent to me via email and text. Why does the Patch pass thiss off as news?
Colleen February 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I didn't receive any of this via text or email. I appreciate that the OL Patch posts these as a reminder even though I would think it would be common sense to do these things if you were a home owner. Apparently there are people out there that need reminding.
Honestly IPO February 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Oak Lawn Readerr why shouldn't the village send a press release to give residents a heads up about precautions they can take to help themselves? Flood warnings are sent out, ice storm warnings are sent out by local and national news what is the difference? Some residents, like me, check the Patch instead of watching channel 4. @Colleen I agree but common sense is in short supply it seems. We have a rain sewer in our yard and one in street on property line we clean both as our neighbors due with sewers closest to them. @Chris we as a block clean our sidewalks, a few neighbors don't have snow blowers so closest neighbor clears them. We also can name each one of our neighbors new and old. I believe this is a added benefit to our block party, we all know each other. I really hope your neighbors appreciate the effort you have made when the street doesn't flood. AS for the young people how many of them clean their parents drives or for that matter cut the grass?? Can't expect them to do what their parents don't.
Chris M. February 19, 2014 at 01:28 PM
We have received candy, gift certificates and just a heartfelt thank you because they appreciate it! We have tried to decline the gifts but our neighbors appreciate what my husband and I do for them.
Jacob Matthews February 19, 2014 at 05:08 PM
I just witnessed the Oak Lawn Police threaten to arrest an elderly woman clearing a sewer drain because she was throwing the snow she shoveled off into the street. When she explained that the website suggested to help elderly neighbors and clear drains to prevent flooding, it was suggested by the officer that she carry the snow into her own yard or be arrested.
Kelly February 19, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Who was the police officer that threatened the woman with arrest?? Did you get the car number? If so, call it in to the desk sargent. That is absolutely ridiculous!!
Chris M. February 19, 2014 at 08:49 PM
Maybe I'm missing something here but the sewers are in the street with the snow on top, so what is the big deal to just push it off and just leave it in the street. Why does she have to carry it to another location! I really wish the police would just ticket the people in Oak Lawn that don't have a current vehicle sticker and blow through the stop sign by my street and park illegally etc. etc. etc.
Jacob Matthews February 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Yes , the sewer is indeed in the street under a 10 foot snow mound created by the plow drivers. A snow mound that extends out 2-3 feet from the curb out into the street. This area floods all summer from heavy rain when the sewers are not compromised and in turn the fire department then pumps water from basements. God help those people after tomorrow's rain with no where for the water to go.
Raccoons Gone Bad February 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I'm not sure what the little old lady was doing but putting snow back in the street causes problems for those trying to drive. It is also very stupid to use your snow blower the put the snow back in the street. Just saying.
Jacob Matthews February 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Are you reading the comment?' It clearly reads SHOVELED snow...... And it was enough snow to uncover a sewer drain. It was three, four shovels full of snow. The woman was a senior citizen, not a linebacker.
c February 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM
What will or can the 'desk 'sargent really do anything? It is common sense. We flood at least 3 maybe 4 time a year. Clear the leaves from the sewers. Doesn't work. Just don't fix the basement for a family room. Because you will eventually loose everything you have down there. OL does not care. Have that little political man come talk to me. Things don't change ...unless maybe you have politcal pull or $. Cannot wait to move out of OL, been here since 77. Schools are not what they use to be. That is why we moved here. If I have young now, they would be most likely in private education.


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