The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Cook County. River Forest Public Works staff have cleared all catch basins in the Village to assist in water drainage, however, if you notice a clogged or blocked basin in your neighborhood, either clear away the debris or contact the Village to request a crew be dispatched.
If possible, clear downspouts, inlets and/or catch basins on/near on your property.
If your property is susceptible to seepage or flooding move any valuable items stored in basements up to protect them from any water leakage.
Ensure your sump pump is working properly and hoses are connected to move water away from the foundation of your property.
Use barriers around window wells to prevent water from seeping into those areas.
It is important that you take steps now to reduce the chances of your home flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has guidelines/instructions on how to both prevent flooding and what to do if you do experience flooding of your property.
The Red Cross has suggestions on how to prepare for a flood that are listed below. Click here for further information.
How to Prepare for a Flood
You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available – packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 in an Emergency.