Saturday, April 20, 2013

More than 1,000 in northern Illinois evacuated after barge hits levee

Officials say they've evacuated as many as 1,500 residents of the northern Illinois community of Marseilles after a possible levee break on the nearby Illinois River.

Connie Brooks of the La Salle County Emergency Management Agency says the residents, including those in a nursing home, were evacuated late Thursday night after nine barges broke free of a tugboat and struck the levee. She says there is expected to be more flooding in the community of 5,100 residents southwest of Joliet when the river crests sometime Friday afternoon but that she did not expect that to prompt any more evacuations.

She says there were no reports of any injuries.

http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1545203015/More-than-1-000-in-northern-Illinois-evacuated-after-barge-hits-levee