News Briefs: Oak Lawn issues flood-prevention tips
February 18, 2014 4:56PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 8:18AM
Concerns about flooding from melting snow and rain forecast for later this week have Oak Lawn officials warning residents to take precautions.
On its website and Facebook page, the village cautions that the National Weather Service is forecasting rain followed by rising temperatures on Feb. 20.
“Because of the extensive snowfall on the ground, a rapid thaw may create conditions for flooding,” the warning said.
Residents are asked to make sure their sump pumps are plugged in and operational, to clear snow and debris from storm drains in front of their homes, and to check the exteriors of their homes for large collections of ice or snow that may fall from roofs or gutters and injure someone or damage property.
Residents also are asked to check on elderly or disabled neighbors or family members, and are reminded to avoid driving through standing water if possible.
Chili cookoff set for Sunday
The American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association Chapter X will host the annual Daytona 500 and Chili Cookoff Party at noon Feb. 23 at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave. The cost of $10 per person includes food, and there will be raffles and a cash bar. Chili contestants will be eligible to win cash prizes, and all proceeds will assist veterans in need.
For more information or to enter the cookoff, call (708) 917-3275.
Susan DeMar Lafferty
Job fair at JJC center
Catholic Charities’ Early Childhood Services Division is hosting a job and resource fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Joliet Junior College Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Attendees should bring copies of their resumes and dress appropriately. More than 60 employers will be present and some will conduct job interviews on-site.
There will be a seminar on “How to Get the Most from the Job Fair” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and mock interviews from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Ericka Williams at (815) 723-3405, Ext. 1142, or email email@example.com.