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!



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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