It was a wet weekend in the Naperville area, with 2.5 to 3.5 inches of rain falling in DuPage County over the past 2 days – and another ¼ of an inch expected today. DuPage County Stormwater Management currently is operating all of its major flood control facilities, including Fawell Dam. The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning for the DuPage River through Tuesday afternoon, with minor flooding forecast as the river is expected to reach about a foot above flood stage.
Council Sworn In:
Yesterday, Benny White was sworn in as the first African American on the Naperville City Council. The inauguration ceremony held at the Municipal Center also included the induction of incumbents Kevin Coyne and John Krummen, returning for four-year-terms. Re-elected councilwoman Judith Brodhead was unable to attend the ceremony, and will instead be sworn in on May 2, prior to the council meeting.
Flood Cause Found:
A broken manhole cover was found to be the cause of the March 30th flooding at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center. The broken cover allowed additional storm water into the system, and when combined with heavy rains that week, resulted in a back up. The center is currently closed for repair, cleanup, and renovation – a process that could take another 8 weeks. An underground pump station will be installed during that time, to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.
First Loss For North:
On Saturday Naperville North girls soccer, the state’s number one ranked team, competed for its third consecutive Naperville Invitational championship. In addition to battling Barrington, the Huskies also had to deal with a steady downpour and gusting winds. Barrington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, the first time all season North had given up two goals in a game. But the Huskies would not go away, eventually tying the game on a Morgan Krause goal with 15 minutes to play. Both teams had chances to win it, but Ellie Stodola was able to get a shot off and score the game winner for Barrington with only five seconds to go in the game. It was the first ever Naperville Invite title for the Fillies and the first loss of the season for Naperville North.
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