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Historic floods displace Lisle residents, leave extensive damage, but water levels subsiding

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 5:20 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman)
Bill Ackerman – The parking lot of Lisle Lanes under water Thursday.

LISLE – A release issued by the village of Lisle late Friday offers tips and information for those affected by "one of the worst flood disasters" in the town's 50-plus year history.

Storms that dumped more than seven inches of rain on Thursday left behind massive floods that created dramatic and scary situations throughout town, including an evacuation by boat of the Towers of Four Lakes Village apartment complex.

The Friday release says those who evacuated their homes are clear to return, unless residences are still blocked by standing flood water.

"The village of Lisle is in the midst of handling one of the worst flood related disasters in its history," the release states. "Currently, water levels in the river are dropping, flood waters are receding, roads are reopening and DuPage County crews are pumping water out of heavily flooded areas."

Residents returning to their homes should follow the Village’s Flood Safety Guidelines and use common sense to prevent injuries, the release states:

• Do not walk or drive through flowing or standing water

• Stay away from power lines and electrical wires

• Keep children and pets away from detention basins, culverts, ditches and storm drains

• Have the power company turn off the electricity before re-entering the home

• Look before you step to avoid falling or being injured by flood debris

• Be alert for gas leaks and do not smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames

• Look out for frightened animals or those that have been displaced by flood waters

• Clean everything that has been wet

• Do not use gas powered generators or charcoal fires indoors

For a full list of safety information and condition updates, visit the village's website at

The storms called together local police, fire, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and even the National Guard.

Lisle joined DuPage County and a host of other towns, including Westmont, Lombard, Elmhurst, Addison and Warrenville, in declaring states of emergency.

Declaring a state of emergency allows communities to eventually seek state or federal funding if and when it becomes available.

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