EMA: 3 juveniles arrested for removing sandbags from floodgates

EMA: 3 juveniles arrested for removing sandbags from floodgates
EMA officials said the three juveniles were seen removing sandbags from floodgates and throwing them into the river. (Source: Pixabay/stock image)

CAHOKIA, Ill. (KFVS) - Three juveniles are in trouble after police said they were seen removing sandbags from floodgates in Cahokia, Illinois.

According to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, Cahokia Police arrested the juveniles over the weekend. The National Guard assisted with the arrests.

EMA officials said in a Facebook post the young people were observed removing the sandbags from the floodgates on Water St. and throwing them into the river.

Anyone seeing anything suspicious or criminal on or near levees is urged to call police immediately.

Three juveniles were just arrested by the Cahokia Police assisted by the National Guard when they were observed removing...

Posted by St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency on Sunday, June 2, 2019

Approximately 10 Illinois National Guard Soldiers based out of Milan, Illinois are providing security along approximately 20 miles of levees in St. Clair County.

The guard members are from the 2123 Forward Support Company, 2nd Battallion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment.

According to the National Guard, the soldiers are providing daily patrols from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The part-time East Carondelet Police Department patrol the levees from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.

“The Soldiers look for sand boils during their shifts,” said Illinois National Guard 1st. Lt. Charles Smith III, of Bolingbrook, Ill.

According to St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency and East Carondelet mayor, the soldiers are a welcome relief to the area.

“They are our extra eyes and ears on the levees,” St. Clair County EMA and East Carondelet Mayor Herb Simmons said. “In a situation like this, with a part-time police department, we can’t get by without them.”

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