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All Bolingbrook roads open Monday

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT

Royce Road consumed by flooded DuPage River

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A boat sits in a flooded area on Royce Road Friday morning in Bolingbrook.

BOLINGBROOK – On Sunday afternoon, Bolingbrook Public Works crews removed barricades and opened Royce Road.

Last week's storm left several streets submerged in water, but all of Bolingbrook's roads are now open.

Royce Road, between Route 53 and Greene Road, was the last to re-open. The half-mile stretch intersects the east branch of the DuPage River, which incurred severe flooding as a result of the torrential downpoor Wednesday and Thursday.

The area is also surrounded by wetlands and retention ponds.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, the east branch of the DuPage River, which runs through Bolingbrook and Plainfield, reached its crest, according to the National Weather Service. The river peaked at 25.85 feet, nearly three feet past capacity.

At 19.5 feet, Royce Road began flooding, and when water levels reached 21 feet, Weber and Naperville roads started flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Bolingbrook Public Works officials could not assess long-term damage to roads and areas surrounding the east branch of the DuPage River, but Drey said he does not foresee any long-term effects.

"In the past there was only debris removal," Drey said. "(The road) was inspected before opening to traffic. Both bridges are due for their biannual inspection this summer."

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