Severe Weather and Flooding in the 6th district
Many areas of the 6th district have experienced dangerous levels of flooding in the past week and parts of Lake and McHenry County have been hit especially hard. U.S. Representative Peter Roskam has taken steps to respond to the current flooding by visiting areas that have been most affected by the severe weather. The Congressman will continue to coordinate with local officials, governments, and disaster relief agencies from the affected areas.
Representative Roskam spoke on the House floor last week praising the excellent work of the hundreds of volunteers and local leaders who have responded to the flooding with their time and effort. “Municipal employees, first responders, local leaders, the Governor of Illinois and members of the Illinois delegation have all come together in order to meet our neighbors' needs at this time. For those of you who are people of faith, I ask you pray for these families as they are going through this difficult time and those at home, I commend those who have lent a hand.”
Emergency Contact Information
McHenry County Emergency Management Agency: 815-338-6400
Lake County Emergency Management Agency: 847-377-7100
ILLINOIS RED CROSS
The American Red Cross has been on the ground assisting the local community with flooding support in Lake County since it became an emergency situation on July 12. The Red Cross is in constant contact with the Lake County Emergency Management Center on ways to best assist the impacted community. The Red Cross has opened reception centers to assist residents displaced by flooding at the following locations:
- Magee Middle School, 500 N. Cedar Lake Road, Round Lake
- Jefferson Middle School, 600 South Lewis Avenue, Waukegan
More information is available by calling the Red Cross flooding hotline 847-220-7495 or on their website: http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/local/illinois/chicago-northern-illinois/about/contact/American-Red-Cross-Responding-to-Severe-Flooding
FLOOD SAFETY AND CLEANUP TIPS FROM THE RED CROSS
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice, have an emergency response kit.
- If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for someone’s area, they should head for higher ground and stay there.
- People should stay away from floodwaters. If someone comes across an area where water is above their ankles, they should stop, turn around and go another way. If they encounter a flooded road while driving, they should also turn around and go another way. If the car is caught in rising water, they should get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- It is important to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
- Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.
- If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
- If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
- Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater. When in doubt, throw it out!
- When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
- During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.