Downpours trigger calls for help in Naperville before waters recede

Heavy rain late last week triggered dozens of calls to the Naperville Public Works Department reporting residential flood situations. The downpours also activated flood control measures at the county level — but so far, what’s gone up has come back down.

Christine Schwartzhoff, Public Works operations team leader for the city, said 48 service requests came in between Thursday evening and Saturday evening. The portion of Julian Street between Porter and Prairie avenues, south of Chicago Avenue, was closed down for about an hour Thursday night, she said, and a fallen tree branch had to be removed from Trillium Lane on the city’s far southeast side Sunday morning.

“All of the other calls were for flooding, which once the rains stopped, the standing water receded,” Schwartzhoff said in an email.

Late Sunday night, DuPage County’s Stormwater Management Department lowered the gates at Fawell Dam to help prevent flooding of the West Branch of the DuPage River upstream from Naperville. The gates were returned to their usual position by Monday morning, according to Mary Mitros, stormwater outreach coordinator for the department.

“Currently no other mechanically-operated facilities are in operation either,” she said in an email mid-Monday morning.

The National Weather Service had recorded 4.68 inches of rainfall for the Chicago area so far in June by Monday morning. The average for the entire month is 3.45 inches, and the agency was predicting a chance of rain on nearly every day remaining in the month.

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