The most recent storm brought with it enough major flood concerns for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to declare a state of emergency.
The City of Naperville experienced more than six inches of rainfall. Due to conditions, there have been reports of several power outages throughout town in that utility workers are responding to.
The water has flooded and shut down many roads. To help drivers, the city of Naperville has created an interactive map on their website at naperville.il.us showing all flooded roadways.
“We are constantly updating it. It’s going to show you what roads are closed, and where the flood waters are and what we are doing to monitor the city so it’s a really great tool to use and I encourage everyone to hop online and use that interactive map and keep an update of what’s going on here in Naperville,” said Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the City of Naperville.
Several people with the day off went to downtown to check things out.
“Usually we come down here in the summer and the statue is, well right now it looks like a guy through a flooded basement,” observed Paige Baffes, next to the Dick Tracy statue in downtown.
“I think they should support the businesses that are open, and go have lunch and enjoy kind of a free day,” said Naperville resident, Tim Buzzard.
Sandbags were made available throughout the day. Naperville resident, Pete Makrinski, found relief for his flooding basement. “This once again shows how cool it is to live in Naperville. Over here everyone wants to help you and that’s rare,” he said.
“What we are going to be looking forward to is seeing what’s going to happen to our drive time on the way home and make sure that we are prepared for that and make sure our residents are prepared,” said LaCloche.
For those whose basements are under water, the city’s contracted waste service, Allied Waste, has offered to collect all carpeting placed at the curb through the end of next week. Naperville garbage pick-up will remain on the regular schedule.
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