Story updated 04/23/2013
The City of Burbank issued the following guidance today regarding cleanup resulting from last week's flood.
The City of Burbank would like to inform citizens of the Flood Clean-Up Procedures which is planned for this Wednesday, April 24th. If your home was damaged by flood water on Thursday, April 18, 2013, the City will help you clean-up. We recommend that you photograph all of the damage to your property and personal belongings. Citizens then need to contact their insurance company and inform them of the damage. With your insurance company's approval, place any damaged items at the curb in front of your residence by 9:00 am Wednesday, April 24th. The City of Burbank will pick it up free of charge and haul it away. We appreciate your patience and regret any inconvenience this natural disaster may have inflicted on your family.
There is no need to contact the city to arrange for a pickup of flood damaged items. Burbank patrol officers will be keeping a log of residences that have items at the curb. Allied Waste will begin normal garage collection on Tuesday. Burbank will followup with a collection on Wednesday to gather those items not hauled away by Allied Waste.
For additional information contact the Public Works Department at (708) 924-7390.
A new banner appeared outside city hall this morning. The banner stretches across 79th Street and simply reads, "Boston, Burbank Loves You" between two American flags. A post on the Burbank Police Department's Facebook page regarding the banner read:
The City of Burbank would like to extend our condolences to the families who lost loved ones during the horrific events at the Boston Marathon. The City of Burbank stands with the citizens of Boston during this time of healing. The citizens of Boston are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mayor's Assistant Kathleen Flaherty said "We have been receiving many 'thank yous' from our residents who feel they, too, wish to display their support and love for a fellow city but haven't the means to do so!"
Kudos to Burbank on a very classy banner!
The Southwest Chicago Post passed this along to us.
Chicago police are asking for help in locating an 85 year old man. Mr. Alex Genetz went missing yesterday and was last seen in the vicinity of 87th and Harlem. Please be on the lookout for Mr. Genetz and contact Chicago Police if you know of his whereabouts.
Floods are one of the most common hazards and flash flooding is the leading cause of weather related deaths in the United States. Stickney Township has posted these these common sense but very important guidelines and precautions to follow when dealing with floods and their aftermath.
As areas of Stickeny Township are currently experiencing flooding, it's important to keep the following safety concerns in mind:
* Remember, flood waters can be very powerful. Even streams and rivers that appear to be calm or shallow can be very dangerous. Do not attempt to enter or cross flooded streams or rivers, even if they appear safe.
* Prevent children and pets from playing in or drinking contaminated floodwaters left in puddles or flooded areas. This may result in illness. Be extremely careful about possible dislodged manhole covers, and the whirlpool or suction effect if water is draining. Also, people with open cuts or other wounds should take extreme care when walking through floodwaters due to the possibility of contracting tetanus. In general, flood workers who have had a tetanus shot within the past 10 years will not need to be revaccinated. However, workers who acquire a wound and who have not had a tetanus shot within 5 to 10 years may need a tetanus booster. This should be evaluated by medical personnel or a family physician.
* Although disease outbreaks are rare after flooding, flood water can contain organisms that may cause disease. If you are in a flood area and become ill, report to your family physician. Symptoms to watch for include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches and fevers.
* Before re-entering a flooded home or basement, make sure that no electrical or other safety hazards, such as leaking gas, exist.
* Do not eat food that has been exposed to floodwaters, unless the food is in cans. Thoroughly wash off sealed cans in good condition. Immerse the cans in a bleach disinfecting solution made by mixing two teaspoons of household bleach per gallon of water for at least five minutes. All spoiled foods and leaky or bulged cans should be discarded.
* Using a household detergent solution, scrub the basement and other areas of the house that have been flooded. Flush the washed areas with safe water. Follow this washing with flushing or mopping with a disinfecting solution of one-quarter cup of household bleach in a gallon of water.
* Scrub furniture, walls, fixtures and appliances with soap and safe water. Affected clothing and bedding should be machine-washed.
* Wash hands and scrub fingernails thoroughly with soap and safe water after working in flooded areas. This is especially true before eating or drinking.
* Non-porous children's toys that could be mouthed must be cleaned with soap and safe water, and then soaked for at least one minute in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water. Do not rinse objects after soaking. Allow to air dry. Machine washable cloth toys should be machine washed if contaminated with floodwaters.
For more information on what you should do before, during, and after a flood visit the FEMA website at http://www.ready.gov/floods.
Flood photos from our Facebook followers. .....try saying that 3 times!
These photos were posted on our Facebook wall by many of our followers and reflect the extensive flooding that swamped Burbank today. The MWRD 87th Street retention pond was overwhelmed early Thursday morning and flood waters, with no where to go, began to pool in many areas of the city leading to flooded basement, impassible streets, and yards awash in standing water.
Photo captions are those provided as posted on Facebook. Thank you to all who shared these photos!
An unusually active pattern of spring thunderstorms in the last 24 hours have led to localized flooding in the entire Chicago metropolitan area. Midway airport reported a rainfall total of 2.73" as of midnight. The final rainfall total from this storm will be much higher as rain showers and thunderstorms continue to drench the region.
Both Reavis High School and School District 111 announced classes would start late this morning due to the weather but soon thereafter cancelled the entire school day.
Sections of Burbank have been especially hard hit and standing water has caused the closure of several streets in the city.
Reports indicate the most hard hit areas in Burbank include:
The Water Reclamation District's 87th Street retention reservoir is completely full at this hour.
At 11:30 The City of Burbank issued an emergency alert to residents:
04/18/13 1120 HRS, BURBANK HAS ACTIVATED OUR EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTER AND IS ACTIVELY WORKING WITH ALL CITY DEPARTMENTS TO ASSIST CITIZENS IN THE FLOODED AREAS. MAJOR FLOODING AREAS INCLUDE THE AREA FROM 81ST ST TO 87TH ST AND FROM MEADE TO NORMANDY AVE. SEVERAL STREETS HAVE BEEN CLOSED IN THIS AREA AS A RESULT. CITIZENS ARE REMINDED IF THERE IS STANDING WATER IN THEIR BASEMENTS TO REFRAIN FROM ENTERING THOSE AREAS TO AVOID HAZARD OR INJURY. IF CITIZENS NEED HELP TO LEAVE THEIR RESIDENCES, THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL BPD @ 708-924-7300 OR 708-924-7325.
Oak Lawn, IL
A police situation in Oak Lawn this morning quickly escalated and residents were warned to stay indoors after a subject barricaded themselves at a residence in the 9200 block of S 55th Ct.
Police rerouted traffic in the area of 92nd Street and 55th Ct as early as 7:40 a.m. and nearby St. Gerald School at 9320 South 55th Ct was placed on a soft lockdown. The following community alert was sent via text, email, and telephone from the Oak Lawn police:
OAK LAWN POLICE DEPT 041513
Shortly after 8 a.m., police units from The South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) began to arrive on scene. Police assets from Burbank, Chicago Heights, Lynwood, Flossmoor, and Cook County were observed at the location and a mobile command post was established on the corner of 55th Ave and 92nd St. A sniper team was visible in the backyard of the home at 9208 S 55th Ave.
As a CBS 2 Chicago news truck arrived and began filming the situation, a group of worried residents seeking information began to gather near the corner where the command post was setup. Rumors swirled as to the cause of the barricade. Oak Lawn resident Adam Oczkowski stated that an Oak Lawn police officer told him, "It was a domestic battery, the wife is blockaded in the house with a handgun at the moment."
Around 9:45 a.m. there was a loud explosion which startled the neighbors gathered just outside the police blockade. Onlookers speculated that the blast may have come from a concussion grenade used by police to stun the subject. Moments later an ambulance pulled up in front of the subject's house. Shortly thereafter police units began to stand down.
As SSERT members began to disband, an officer when asked if the situation had a happy ending responded "Oh yeah, everyone is alright."
Around 10:10 a.m. another community alert was issued:
April 15, 2013 at 1010 A.M. The Oak Lawn Police advise that the situation in the 9200 block of 55th Court has been resolved. Normal activities may be resumed.
Police began to quickly pack their gear and depart the area.
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A crew works atop cell tower to upgrade service
Work crews from Michigan were busy Sunday swapping out antennas on a Burbank cell phone tower operated by T-Mobile. The tower is located behind the Delta Lounge (5640 W 87th St, Burbank). The new antenna will broadcast a 4G LTE high speed data signal for T-Mobile subscribers and provide better cell coverage for the area.
Everest College student Michael Lyons of Chicago, IL
Classes were dismissed and students were asked to evacuate the Everest College building at 7414 S Cicero Ave in Bedford Park after the school received word of a bomb threat Thursday morning.
A large police presence was on the scene as of 11:00 a.m. Police and fire department assets from Bedford Park along with EMS units from nearby Bridgeview were observed blocking all entrances to the Everest College parking lot although traffic continued to flow through the adjacent parking lot of the Burbank Town Center whose main tenants are Kohl’s and Best Buy.
Michael Lyons of Chicago, a student enrolled in the dental assistant program at Everest, stated that school officials entered the classrooms about 9:00 a.m. and told everyone to leave the building but did not give a reason.
“Students were concerned and wanting to know what was going on,” Lyons said but he did not learn of the bomb threat until he exited the college and asked a nearby police officer about the cause of the evacuation. As he was leaving, Lyons reported seeing canine officers and bomb squad personnel entering the building.
Lyons and other students were forced to wait outside in the rain for the all-clear so they could return to the college and collect personal items that they were forced to leave behind.
Not only the college was evacuated, patrons and employees of stores in an adjoining strip mall were forced to leave as well. A manager at AmeriCash Loans, who did not wish to be identified, was waiting inside his car in the Best Buy parking lot. He said that police asked him and his staff to leave the building and that he was waiting for word that he could go back to work.
Students were given the okay to return to Everest about 11:30 a.m. and police started to leave the area. A person answering the phone at the college around 12:15 p.m. said classes had resumed. Other college officials could not be reached for comment.