7/24/2011 10:29 a.m.

Despite the presence of some light rain in the area, the National Weather Service reported at 9:45 a.m. that the Des Plaines River at Riverside had crested at 8.44 feet. That represents the eighth highest water level on record for Riverside.

7/23/2011 10:04 p.m.

At 8:45 p.m. the National Weather Service revised its forecast and is now predicting the Des Plaines River will crest at 9 feet.

7/23/2011 8 p.m.

At 6:45 p.m., the National Weather Service is reporting that the Des Plaines River has reached 8.1 feet and is still predicting a crest of 9.8 feet by Sunday morning, depending on rainfall totals tonight.

At 8.1 feet it is already the 12th highest level recorded for the Des Plaines at Riverside.

7/23/2011 11:52 a.m.

The stoplight remains out at the intersection of First and Forest avenues, slowing northbound and southbound traffic.

Meanwhile, crews are taking down two catalpa trees that were struck by lightning early Saturday morning in the Hollywood section of Brookfield.

The trees stand just 50 yards or so from one another near the intersection of Hollywood and Parkview avenues. Both were hit by lightning within an hour of each other.

“It was awesome,” said homeowner Steve Petres, who witnessed the event. “There was a brilliant flash of light. It was amazing how far it blew pieces of the tree off.”

Bob Markovic of Lyons Tree Service, whose crew was taking down the catalpa in front of Jeff Bettin’s home in the 3600 block of Hollywood Avenue, said that kind if spectacular damage is common with lightning strikes.

“The lightning vaporizes the moisture inside the tree, and it just explodes,” Markovic said.

Phone service to the Brookfield police non-emergency line has been restored as of about 11 a.m. While that line was out of commission for a time, Brookfield’s 911 center remained in service and was receiving calls, police said.

7/23/2011 8:51 a.m.

With between 4 and 7 inches of rain falling in the Chicago area overnight, the National Weather Service has issued a major flood warning for the Des Plaines River at Riverside.
By 8 a.m. Saturday, water levels on the Des Plaines shot up within inches of flood stage, which is 7 feet, and flooding is forecast for park areas near the river.
But with more rain the forecast, the weather service is predicting that water levels could reach 9.9 feet by Sunday morning, which would match the all-time record high-water level on the Des Plaines in Riverside.
On July 25, 2010 after heavy rains the river crested at 9.23 feet, flooding streets and some residences near the river.
Riverside and North Riverside are reporting that no roads are closed at this time due to flooding, although there was minor flooding overnight.
Information was not immediately available about Brookfield as the police department’s non-emergency line and phones at village hall appear to be out of service.

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