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Some streets in West Chicago have been reopened

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 1:51 p.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – Several streets in West Chicago closed earlier Thursday due to flooding have been reopened, according to the city's Police Department.

Arbor Avenue at Hawthorne Lane is passable with standing water. Both Ingalton Avenue at Hawthorne Lane and Town Road have been reopened.

As of 4 p.m., the following roads remain closed: Roosevelt Road from Joliet Street to Wegner Drive for flooding at the Canadian National Railroad viaduct, and Downs Drive from Kress Road to Industrial Drive.

As a general reminder, people should avoid driving through standing water on roadways, police said.

The city of West Chicago is aware of water on roadways and that the stormwater system is at capacity, police said. If residents have water-related issues, they should call the West Chicago Public Works Department at 630-293-2255. City officials said they continue to monitor road and weather conditions.

In addition to the city of West Chicago's emergency response to the flooding, the DuPage County Stormwater Management is operating all of its larger flood control facilities due to rainfall in the area, according to a county news release.

The National Weather Service reported the DuPage area received about 4 to 5 inches of rain early Thursday, according to the release. Another 1 to 2 inches is expected throughout the day.

The rain caused water levels to rise in Salt Creek and the West Branch DuPage River, leading the county to operate its flood control facilities including Fawell Dam (Naperville), Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale), Elmhurst Quarry (Elmhurst) and Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir (Wood Dale), county officials said. Other smaller facilities are operating as well.

The county's four larger flood control facilities are controlled by staff members based on a predetermined operating plan, according to the release. The other 11 facilities operate without staffers by using fixed weirs and natural drainage systems. The 15 facilities have a total floodwater storage capacity of nearly 4 billion gallons, the release reads.

For real-time information regarding precipitation levels at the facilities, visit ec.dupageco.org/dec/stormwater/watershed/index.html.

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