Menard Correctional Center prepping for possible flooding - KMOV.com

Menard Correctional Center prepping for possible flooding

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CHESTER, IL - Menard Correctional Center is prepping the facility for potential flooding in the coming days.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River is expected to crest in Menard at 49.7 feet, a mark not seen since 1993.

Staff at the correctional center anticipate a possibility of flooding inside the lower level cell houses and basements.

To prepare, the Illinois Department of Corrections has provided temporary alternative housing for some offenders inside the facility and others have been transferred to other facilities.

IDOC also has more than 1,000 gallons of water and has set up portable restrooms if sewage issues cause the water to be shut off.

Offender work crews filled more than 15,000 sandbags to place around the facility, which are aimed at protecting power sources and generators.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest on Saturday, January 1.  

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