The Great Illinois Flood of 2013

The rain began to fall the evening of Wednesday April 17th with thunderstorms and heavy rain. Little did I know that the viewing of the forecast for rain every evening would result in ONE night of massive rain so heavy with up to five inches that it caused flooding of roads, ponds, and overflow in the rivers and nearby streams. The next morning the local schools were closed as they were closed again on Friday.

Traveling around the neighborhood two days after the storm in Naperville, IL you can see the small streams became huge rivers and the retention ponds everywhere were filled up like ponds to the max.

The ducks and geese loved their new places to hangout while local businesses around town closed shop and stacked sand bags around their windows.

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My “dirty little ducks” (as seen in a previous post) found a new home to explore in the streets.

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The downtown Riverwalk now has a new meaning as no one is walking there…
Dick Tracy is not coming to your rescue…
No stepping down this walk…

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The covered bridge met the water at its level…

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The goose found a comfy place to rest amongst the chaos…

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The covered bridges were all blocked off from traffic…

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The park across the local football college stadium at North Central College…

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A familiar central park overflows with water…

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A local canoe man is out to have some fun with his companion dog. A dry piece of land that has now been made a body of water…

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After seeing other images from reporters and photographers in this State, my photographs don’t even show the worst of the rain. Cars were under water, a piece of road fell in and trapped three cars, traffic was halted in many places, manhole covers burst and flooding in indoor places.

I’m not sure what the longterm impact of this storm will have, but I have seen too many rugs rolled up by the sidewalk knowing that so many have had to salvage what remains of their basement dwellings…

Onto sunning days and dryer days…..

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