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Updated: June 19, 2013 3:03AM

The Fox River and Chain O’Lakes water levels continue to rise, subjecting even more homes to damaging flood waters, and Fox Lake is calling for volunteers to help fill sand bags.

Over at Sequoit Harbor, just west of Antioch on Route 173, owner Terry Upton has half-a-dozen pumps and his workers keeping the waters at bay, and he still has his showroom open.

“This is worse than 2008,” he said, with water almost three feet above flood stage. There’s a little water in the showroom, but not much,” he said as workers added more sandbags to the front of the building as the flood waters came up around the building. Asked if he thinks he will win the battle, he said, “We hope so.”

In other nearby subdivisions of Channel Lake, roadways are covered. The street that usually runs along Lake Marie in the California Ice & Coal subdivision is covered in water, but it is still far away from the homes, which have their docks on the water side of the street. Debris has been gathering there after having blown across the lake. Felters subdivision is primarily on high ground and is not having any problems.

At Fox River Springs, residents asked media people to leave the subdivision and asked that people not drive down there to view the flooding as they prepare to sandbag houses that they know will get hit first. Riverside Drive is already under water. Some residents complained that in 2008 after some people left their homes were burglarized. They also said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has not sent any deputies to the subdivision in the last few days, but a spokesman from the sheriff’s office said special patrols will be sent there to assist keeping tourists from the subdivision.

In Fox Lake, the number of homes affected has doubled from 150 to 300 and counting, said Anette Wolf, director of emergency services for th village. “We can’t keep sandbags at public works,” she said, adding that they could use volunteers even though they recently got an automatic sandbag filler from the county’s emergency services.

“The water has risen another three inches on the lakes,” she said. The Fox River and Chain O’Lakes is not expected to crest until Tuesday. Wisconsin is still sending a lot of water downstream and the water level has not crested yet in New Munster. ”We are looking for volunteers to help with filling the sandbags,” said Wolf.

Volunteers can call (847) 587-3100 or just show up at the public works department behind the police station on Route 59 this weekend.

Kent McKenzie, director of the county’s emergency management agency, said the water levels could still rise significantly because of the drainage from Wisconsin. In turn, communities downriver from the Chain O’Lakes will see rising water levels as well.

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