During a year that has seen a crippling blizzard, a soaked and unusually cool spring, tree-flattening storms and a sweltering, dry July, Mother Nature had another gift over the weekend – a little flooding.

For the record, the water level on the Des Plaines River at Riverside hit 8.46 feet at about noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. That was the seventh-highest crest ever recorded on the river at Riverside, and flood waters inundated Swan Pond and Indian Gardens in Riverside. Residents along West Avenue next to the river set up sandbag barricades as the water crept into their backyards.

While there were reports of water flooding basements in Riverside and Brookfield, the two villages were spared the kind of flooding seen in 2008 and 2010, when the river crested at more than 9 feet.

Salt Creek in Brookfield crested just short of 8 feet at Western Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. When Brookfield experienced serious flooding in 2010, the river rose to more than 10 feet, overflowing the banks.

But streets that typically flood when water is high stayed relatively dry, although areas of Brookfield suffered power outages from the storm that brought the heavy rains.

The hardest hit area was Riverside Lawn. In the floodplain near the river, properties were covered with water. The Des Plaines washed over parts of Stanley, Gladstone and Bismarck avenues.

Responsible for all the high water was a powerful storm, the latest in a series this summer, which dumped between 4 and 7 inches of rain on the Chicago area during the early morning hours of July 23.

The rain was accompanied by strong winds and spectacular lightning, which downed trees and branches in some spots.

Two catalpa trees in the Hollywood section of Brookfield, which stood within 50 yards of one another near the intersection of Hollywood and Parkview avenues, were struck by lightning during the storm 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 on Saturday morning, said that kind of spectacular damage is common with lightning strikes.

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

The storm knocked out phone service to Brookfield Village Hall and the Brookfield police non-emergency line for several hours on Saturday morning, but power was restored before noon.