Village officials have released a warning to residents along the Rock River in Machesney Park.

Residents along low-lying areas near the Rock River need to be aware of the flooding situation that is expected to worsen over the next 24-48 hours. Officials are advising these residents plan for the loss of vehicular access, utility service and possible evacuation for their home if needed.

The river level at the Latham gauge on Ralston Road is 11.15 feet as of 8:30 a.m. on October 3, 2019. At the 11-foot flood stage, water may begin to fill in around houses along the river in the areas of Shore Drive and Ventura Blvd and Queen Oaks Dr.

Sandbagging operations have begun are available at the southwest corner of the former Machesney Park Mall for free. Residents are encouraged to monitor river levels through the National Weather Service, here's a link.

Please remember to never drive through standing water and help your neighbors and their pets get to safety sooner than later.

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