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Illinois Prison Preparing For Flooding Impact
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:16:40 AM »

Illinois prison preparing for flooding impact

15 hours ago    By Kurt Erickson

(Story updated at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday with comments from Illinois Department of Corrections)

JEFFERSON CITY Rising floodwaters along the Mississippi River have Illinois prison officials working to avoid a breach in the water system serving the 3,645-inmate facility in Chester.

If river levels affect the maximum-security facility's water service, the state may have to bring in hundreds of portable toilets to serve staff and inmates, officials learned in a conference call Monday.

On Tuesday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said preparations for potential flooding are continuing.

"Staff and emergency work crews are working around the clock, monitoring the situation and filling sandbags, in an effort to minimize any potential impact to the facility," Wilson said in a statement. "In the event that the facility is impacted, IDOC senior staff will make operational decisions that protect the safety of staff, the offender population, and the surrounding communities."

The agency has placed on the facility on lockdown status, meaning inmate movement within the prison is limited. No visitors are currently allowed.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican from Murphysboro, was among those on the conference call. He said Monday night that there is a concern that 600 inmates may have to be moved into other areas of the prison because of the flooding.

"But, because it appears to be a fast-moving flood, it may not be as bad as the 1993 flood," Bost said. "We want to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best."


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Re: Illinois Prison Preparing For Flooding Impact
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 11:04:51 AM »
Oh gosh - prayers to those with loved ones at Menard.