Emergency plans in place for Solheim Cup

By on August 7, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—Plans are in place to ensure that the upcoming Solheim Cup runs smoothly and efficiently, Kane County Emergency Management Director Donald Bryant told the Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday.

The Solheim Cup, a prestigious international women’s golf event, will feature the best women professionals from the United States against the top European-born players. The tournament and its festivities will take place at the Rich Harvest Farm golf course in Sugar Grove from Monday through Sunday, Aug. 17 to Aug. 23.

Approximately 30,000 visitors per day from across the country and the world are expected to attend the event.

The Illinois State police have worked out a plan to route routine traffic and are prepared in case of the need for an evacuation. The Sugar Grove police will focus their attention on ordinary crime during the event.

Rush-Copley Hospital staff will man health-care stations at Rich Harvest Farms to care for people in medical distress.

The Sugar Grove Fire District and the Big Rock Fire District will both be available on-site, should their services be needed, and the Superior Ambulance Company will be staged at the Aurora Municipal Airport.

Bryant said that even the United States Postal Service is involved, as well as Burlington Railroad security forces.

“It’s pretty remarkable how all the agencies have all come together,” Village President Sean Michels said.