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City deals with heavy rains

The City of Evanston has activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to flooding conditions throughout the City.

City emergency personnel advise that crews are dealing with an extraordinary storm event in terms of rainfall. MWRD and Evanston sewers were surcharged as of midday Saturday, but the Wilmette locks of the deep tunnel system are open, allowing excess water to flow into Lake Michigan.

Evanston’s Sewer and Water Utility is prioritizing calls for basement backups, alley backups and street backups. Residents can call (847) 866-2942 to report flooding problems.

Public Works Crews are out responding to the heavy rain event and numerous reports of street flooding.

To report electrical outages, downed trees and other public safety issues, contact the Police non-emergency number, (847)866-5000.

Electrical Safety During a Flood

If your home or business has been flooded, electrical hazards may exist long after the water dissipates. Even if water is not visible in a building, the interior structure may be soaked and still present an electrical hazard. Do not enter flooded basements or buildings that may contain energized electrical wiring or electrical appliances.

Before re-entering the premises, contact Power Utilities to ensure it is safe to do so. Have a qualified electrician inspect all wiring before turning power on.

If your basement floods, do not attempt to turn off the main power switch. Notify Com Ed, 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661), to disconnect power at the pole. Stay clear of anything that could conduct an electric current such as metal pipes, metal ladders, and even damp wood.

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