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Lake County residents, inmates fill sandbags to stem flood

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Lake County Jail inmates filling sandbags. (Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office) Lake County Jail inmates filling sandbags. (Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Lake County Jail inmates filling sandbags. (Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office) Lake County Jail inmates filling sandbags. (Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Sandbagging is under way in earnest in Lake County north Chicago, where residents living near the Des Plaines and Fox rivers prepare for possible flooding in coming days.

Volunteers filled, stacked and delivered sandbags in Fox Lake, Gurnee and several other Lake County towns. Communities in McHenry and Kane counties also put their flood plans in place.

Flooding prevention efforts were bolstered Wednesday by a group of nine inmates from the Lake County Jail, who filled sandbags for more than six hours.

Community Based Corrections Center Inmates -- who are non-violent offenders who typically spend their days seeking employment, working outside the jail, and/or attending treatment programs -- were eligible to volunteer. Convicted sex offenders are not eligible to participate.

Kurt Woolford of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission says if the rain in coming days is as heavy as they were Wednesday, then flooding in the area will be serious.

The National Weather Service expected a storm system moving over Illinois would dump about three inches of rain in the area. However, Woolford said it may reach five inches by the time the storm clears the state late Thursday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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