Amboy area experiences flooding


AMBOY — The Amboy area experienced flooding from the Green River on Thursday, and O’Connell’s Jellystone Park was evacuated with the assistance of the Amboy Fire Protection District, Lee County Emergency Management Agency and local departments. 

Amboy Fire Chief Jeff Bryant said there were 42 water rescues.

O’Connell’s Jellystone Park posted on Facebook on June 1, that ComEd was able to restore power to a majority of the campground, and they allowed annual guests to return to their campground, but asked visitors to avoid any areas that remained flooded or marked with barricades. The campground office, store and pool remained closed through June 3. 

Amboy Mayor John Schamberger posted on Facebook that the city received about another two inches of rain on Wednesday night and that city crews had been out since 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning blocking flooded roadways and responding to emergency alarms at all of the city’s lift stations. 

On Thursday, the Amboy Police Department reminded residents on Facebook to speak to children about the dangers beneath the flooded surfaces.

“With all the recent rain there is great temptation for kids to play in and around standing water. Lurking just below the surface could be numerous hidden dangers including live electric lines, drain tiles with powerful suction and sharp debris,” the Amboy Police Department posted on Facebook. “Parents, please speak to your children TODAY about the danger of being around the high creeks, Green River, flooded parks and standing water.”