The National Weather Service is warning of potential extreme severe weather for the Chicagoland area. This could possibly impact Niles tonight through tomorrow night.
Tonight there is potential for severe storms producing heavy rainfall resulting in localized flooding; two inch diameter hail; 60 mph wind gusts and possibly tornadoes.
Tomorrow (4/9) afternoon into the evening, there is potential for more severe weather with the potential for tornadoes. According to the NWS, the ingredients appear right for a significant outbreak of severe weather tomorrow. They suggest keeping a close eye on updated forecasts.
The Public Services Department has three skids of sandbags prepared in addition to a large pile of sand if additional bags are needed. Staff will be placing barricades at “hot spot” intersections known for frequent flooding. All equipment is being prepped, fluids checked and filled with fuel in order to respond immediately. Both Vactors are ready to respond immediately. The Forestry staff has converted two salt trucks into chipper trucks and prepared the chippers to respond to any tree damage that might occur. They also have prepared all saws and other equipment. Side drains covered with debris are not typically an issue at this time of year. However, multiple street sweepers have been out for the past several weeks to clean any debris from the winter months.
Niles Residents: If heavy rainfall does occur, please remember to move cars to high ground and remove valuables from basements. If you have an emergency and need immediate help please dial 911.