April showers brought a record amount of rainfall and created a hassle for cities and residents throughout the state.
In the Chicago land area, more than 8 ½ inches of rain fell this past month, beating the previous high of 8.33 inches in April of 1947. In Naperville, that turned streets into streams, caused the DuPage river to overflow, flooded basements around the city, and had schools closed for two days.
The city spent $800,000 in recovery efforts, which included overtime, equipment cost, and debris cleanup.
Meanwhile, the park district spent additionally funds they’re still assessing, concentrating much of their efforts on recover Centennial Beach, will take at least six days to sanitize and fill back up with clean water after draining it but should be open by memorial day weekend.
Statewide, governor Pat Quinn declared 38 counties, including DuPage, as major disaster areas.
Resources for those still feeling the flood’s impact are available on the city’s website, www.naperville.il.us.
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