Portions of Naperville Riverwalk Become…Well…Simply a River After Week of Rain and Flooding

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After a week of rain, severe thunderstorms and subsequent flooding, the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville doesn’t quite look like itself today.  My son and I spent a sunny afternoon today in downtown walking along the waterlogged Riverwalk and watching the rushing waters of the DuPage River reclaim a portion of the scenic path through downtown as the river rises.  As you can see by the picture above, my son didn’t quite know what to make of the situation as he is used to running in endless circles around the Riverwalk’s outdoor ampitheater.

Below you will find a series of pictures I took which will give you an idea of exactly how much the river has risen over the past couple of days.  In addition, I captured quite a bit of video which I intend to edit and post as still pictures don’t quite do justice to the extraordinarily fast-moving rapids of flooded DuPage river.

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To those of you who have read my previous postings about the Riverwalk, I couldn’t help but show what has become of my favorite spot to relax and read. 

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Notice how close the water has risen underneath the Eagle Street bridge.  Also, look along both banks of the river and see the submersed lightpoles along the Riverwalk.  The good news is at least the water has not reached the city building.

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The sand volleyball courts between the skate park, baseball fields and Jacycees playground has become a reflection pond.

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If you plan to bring your children down to see the spectacle while the Riverwalk is still flooded, I encourage you to be extremely careful as the water is deep and swift moving.  Even more, the manner in which the DuPage has crept up onto the banks could had brought it dangerously close to the main Riverwalk path.  An accidental stumble down the shortened hill could sweep anyone into the waters.  Again, be very careful.

Though our hard-working City of Naperville crew will have a mess on their hands once the water recedes,  the Riverwalk should be back to normal in no time at all.  Based on stories I’ve heard, this is certainly not the worst flooding the Riverwalk has seen.  To our city crew, we send our deepest thanks and appreciation in advance for the work ahead.  

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