CALUMET CITY | City officials have put out the call for volunteers, and have ordered residents of the River Oaks Mobile Estates and others in the southern portion of the city along the Little Calumet River to evacuate their homes, according to a city news release.
Residents seeking shelter should go to Thornton Fraction North High School at 755 Pulaski Road.
Emergency personnel and representatives from the Salvation Army are on hand to assists residents in need.
Sunday afternoon, Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush activated the city's National Incident Management System plan and issued a State of Disaster, which allows the city to officially request assistance from the Cook County Emergency Management Agency.
Buses from local companies, Bloom Township, the Calumet Memorial Park District, and local churches are on standby for evacuation transportation if needed.
The city sent out at 1:51 p.m. an emergency flood warning phone call to all 16,478 registered Calumet City phone numbers at 1:51 p.m. though the city's new CodeRed automated phone system. At 2:23 pm, the call for evacuation was sent to 310 phone numbers registered in the River Oaks Mobile Estates area, 2025 Dolton Rd. Police officers simultaneously performed a manual evacuation at homes along the Little Calumet River.
City officials have increased their sandbagging efforts, and put out a CodeRed automated phone call to about 16,500 residents asking for volunteers to help relieve others who have worked throughout the day, especially those with light-duty and heavy-duty trucks, Calumet City Communications Director Eric Schneider said.
Volunteres can contact the Calumet City Public Works Department at (708) 891-8160 or go to the department at 1701 Dolton Road, Schneider said.
The city has also received additional command personnel and equipment from a state-wide mutual aid organization, Schneider said.