Lincolnshire's Marriott still closed after flooding
The Marriott Lincolnshire Resort remained closed Friday following a blackout and significant flooding from the nearby Des Plaines River.
At one point, the water on Marriott Drive -- the main road in and out of the resort -- had risen as high as a stop sign, said Tom Krueger, deputy chief of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District.
The hotel was evacuated Thursday. Some guests were brought to dry land by truck and then were taken to other area hotels, Krueger said.
The resort's golf course featured more water hazards than usual Friday. Numerous fairways were under water.
Sections of three streets in the village -- Lincolnshire Drive, Londonderry Lane and Oxford Drive -- still were closed to traffic Friday morning, a day after 45 homes were evacuated.
Sixteen people and seven pets were taken to dry land from those homes, Krueger said.
Public works crews in boats were surveying damage to houses on Lincolnshire Drive and to the nearby berm that usually protects them from the river, Mayor Brett Blomberg said.
The town's major streets -- Milwaukee Avenue and Half Day Road -- remained passable, Blomberg said.
Officials believe the Des Plaines River crested early Friday. But with more rain expected next week, officials kept sandbagging operations running.
Volunteers should go to the Lincolnshire Public Works facility, 205 Schelter Road. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, physically capable of lifting at least 20 pounds, and must provide their own rain gear.
Classes at Stevenson High School, which is west of the river off Half Day Road, were not affected by the rain and flooding, spokesman Jim Conrey said.
However, several athletic events were postponed or canceled Thursday. Three girls softball games and three girls soccer matches scheduled for Friday have been postponed, too. No Saturday cancellations have been announced.
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