Naperville Soaked in Rainwater

Floodwaters are receding in downtown Naperville, but the city is still feeling the impact after more than six inches of rain soaked the area.

Many residents and businesses experienced power outages during the storm and some are now facing water damage to basements and property.

Streets throughout town were also closed due to high floodwaters. City officials decided to close the bridges downtown after opening up the Fawell Dam.

This caused even more water to rush down, overflowing the banks of the DuPage River, but was necessary to avoid excessive flooding on the upstream side of the dam.
Storm Water Management for the City estimates that the water will go down in a matter of days, even with rain forecasted in the days to come.

“We are not expecting quite the rainfall that we had this time around. So hopefully we will be able to get some of this dewatered and restore capacity at the dam, but Storm Water Management will get its facilities as ready as we possibly can with the short time that we have and provide as much protection as we can,” said Tony Charlton, Director of Storm Water Management for the City of Naperville.

The Fawell Dam holds an estimated 900 million gallons of river water.

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