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Officials: Fox Lake sewer system at capacity

FOX LAKE – Officials from the Village of Fox Lake are urging residents not to pump storm water into the sanitary sewer system because it is at capacity.

Because of recent flooding, the sewer system is at capacity and could easily be overwhelmed, according to a news release. Fox Lake was expected to crest at approximately 8 feet.

It is also recommended that residents do not remove manhole covers.

The village’s street department is also working with Waste Management to coordinate garbage pickup as soon as possible, the release states.

The Lake County Emergency Operations Center remains open today as officials from Lake County coordinate efforts with government agencies for flooding-response efforts.

As of Monday morning, the Des Plaines River in Gurnee has crested and water is slowly receding, according to Lake County PASSAGE. Officials estimate that between 4,000 and 4,500 structures have been impacted by the floods.

Residents who have incurred damage on their property from flooding are encouraged to contact their local government agency.

Those living in an unincorporated area or township in Lake County can call 847-377-2081.

A more defined strategy for garbage pick will be announced within the next few days.

— Lawerence Synett

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