Water has reached the bottom of the Brookfield Avenue bridge over Salt Creek in Brookfield.
The 3500 and 3600 blocks of Forest Avenue in Brookfield are impassable.
Scott Mesker heaves another sandbag on a wall of sandbags residents have built through the backyards of their homes in the 3800 block of Grove Avenue in Brookfield.
From left to right: Krystal Krejcik, Radek Zawadzki and Oscar Marroquim, all residents of the 3500 and 3600 blooks of Forest Avenue in Brookfield, fill sandbags.
Washington Avenue looking east from Vernon Avenue in Brookfield
Salt Creek just beginning to overflow the banks near the 3500 block of Forest Avenue in Brookfield.Photos by Bob Uphues/Staff
Brookfield Village President Michael Garvey (left) and Public Works superintendent Dan Kaup track the weather from Brookfield Village Hall.
4:30 p.m. – High water just souther of the 17th Avenue bridge over Salt Creek has traffic backed up for blocks on Maple Avenue in Brookfield.
3:18 p.m. – The Lyons Fire Department has evacuated 15 people from the Cech Terrace subdivision, according to Brookfield Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi
BFFD went house to house on 3800 block of Arden encouraging residents to evacuate. Anyone stranded can be evacuated via boat from Lyons or Riverside fire departments.
Per Brookfield Public Works Superintendent Dan Kaup: Residents have picked up and crews have delivered 8,000 sandbags and have dumped sand at a half dozen locations in the village.
1:45 p.m. – Westbound 31st Street closed at Golfview Avenue due to high water.
The entire length of 47th Street through Brookfield is closed to traffic.
Congress Park Avenue is closed between Eberly and Arthur avenues.
Washington Avnue is closed between Arden and Prairie avenues.
26th Street has been closed. 26th Place also will be closed.
“Sewers are charged to the point they’re pushing sewer caps off,” said Village Manager Riccardo Ginex.
Sand being delivered to 3800 block of Grove Ave, 3600 block of Forest and the intersection of Washington and Vernon.
The Brookfield Fire Department has held over its previous shift so there are two shifts on duty.
Message of Village of Brookfield
We have received close to 5 inches of rain since yesterday afternoon. The entire Chicagoland area is under a flood watch until 5 p.m. with an additional 1-2 inches of rain expected.
Due to the heavy rainfall there are a number of major roadways in the Village that are not passable and are closed, including:
- 47th Street from Forest to Eberly
- Garfield from Grand to Madison
- Congress Park from Eberly to Madison
- First Avenue from 31st to Ogden
Also, the intersections of Prairie & Washington and 31st & Prairie have been closed.
Village personnel have delivered sand and sandbags to a number of locations throughout the Village. Residents who feel their property will be compromised can go to Public Works at 4545 Eberly to pick up sandbags and sand.
Residents are encouraged to call Public Works at 708-485-2540 to report high water. Village personnel will be available on a 24 hour basis until the weather event is over.
The Village has contacted our waste and recycling vendor Groot. Residents can put out water damaged items for pick-up free of charge through next Friday, April 26th.