DuPage County drying out from heavy weekend rains

 
 
Updated 10/16/2017 4:31 PM
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  • Part of Dunrobin Road in Naperville remained closed Monday morning because of high water after weekend storms dumped roughly 8 inches of rain on the area.

      Part of Dunrobin Road in Naperville remained closed Monday morning because of high water after weekend storms dumped roughly 8 inches of rain on the area. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Naper Boulevard was closed during the morning rush hour Monday between Maple and Green Trails Drive due to flooding caused by heavy weekend rains.

      Naper Boulevard was closed during the morning rush hour Monday between Maple and Green Trails Drive due to flooding caused by heavy weekend rains. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Areas along Naperville's downtown Riverwalk remained flooded Monday, but officials say area rivers already are beginning to recede.

      Areas along Naperville's downtown Riverwalk remained flooded Monday, but officials say area rivers already are beginning to recede. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Parts of Naperville's Riverwalk were closed Monday because of flooding after heavy weekend rains.

      Parts of Naperville's Riverwalk were closed Monday because of flooding after heavy weekend rains. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Rivers and streams in DuPage County already are receding after roughly 8 inches of rain fell on some areas over the weekend.

Jim Zay, chairman of the county's stormwater management committee, said only two of the county's flood control facilities -- Fawell Dam near Naperville and the Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir -- were still in operation as of Monday.

It's a big change from Saturday night, when all 16 of DuPage's flood control facilities were operating to handle the heavy rain.

Zay said the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility along Salt Creek ended up about a quarter full, the Armstrong Park reservoirs in Carol Stream were full, and Spring Creek Reservoir in Bloomingdale was about three-quarters full.

Zay said roughly 3.5 inches of rain fell on northern parts of the county while the southeastern part received more than 8 inches. Among the hardest hit areas were Lisle, Downers Grove and Burr Ridge.

Lisle officials said the village had several road closures and areas of standing water. A damage assessment is ongoing and will continue throughout the week, officials said.

As of Monday afternoon, there were road closures in Lisle on the 4700 block of Garfield Avenue, the 5500 block of River Road and the 5100 block of Riverview Drive.

The county positioned auxiliary pumps at various places throughout Lisle, which pumped standing water back into the East Branch of the DuPage River. A pump in Community Park was expected to remain there until Riverview is passable, officials said.

Zay said there was some localized flooding in the county because storm sewers were clogged with leaves and grass. But overall, he said, the flood control system "held up pretty good."

A few Naperville roads remained closed during the Monday morning rush hour, including Naper Boulevard, between Green Trails Drive and Maple Avenue. Dunrobin Road also was closed, between Naper and Brodie Court.

On Monday afternoon, Naperville officials said Naper would be open to only southbound traffic between 4 and 6:30 p.m. to facilitate the evening rush. It is expected the northbound lanes will be open to traffic by the Tuesday morning commute.

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