Villages largely spared major flooding from heavy rains

Swan Pond in Riverside submerged as river tops bank

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By Bob Uphues


Despite a tornado warning and flash floods, the Landmark coverage area came away from Monday's heavy rains relatively unscathed. While water started ponding in some streets in Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside, the flooding didn't amount to much, according to officials in all three towns.

However, Swan Pond Park in Riverside flooded after the Des Plaines River surged past flood stage late Monday night and water overtopped the park's retaining wall near the former site of the Fairbank Dam.

According to the National Weather Service, the Des Plaines River crested at 8.1 feet, which is a little more than one foot above flood stage, at around noon Tuesday and had begun receding. The river level was expected to fall below flood stage by early Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"Swan Pond's completely immersed," said Riverside Public Works Director Edward Bailey. "Now we'll just have to wait until the water goes down."

Bailey said there was some standing water in Indian Gardens and added that the river crept within a few feet of the Scout Cabin. The 200 block of Fairbank Road also saw some ponding, but it receded quickly, Bailey said.

Bailey said Metropolitan Water Reclamation District intercepting sewer that runs along Riverside Road also experienced surcharging. Water could be seen surging from manholes along Riverside Road, causing some minor flooding there.

Bailey called the storm unusual, noting that while the storm came with heavy rains, high winds were absent despite a tornado warning and reports of funnel clouds along the I-55 corridor in suburban Summit and near Midway Airport.

In Riverside Lawn, however, flood waters surrounded some residences closer to the river.

Two areas of Brookfield remained closed to traffic as of Tuesday afternoon because of street flooding. The 3500 block of Forest Avenue flooded as did the area near Southview and Arden avenues in South Hollywood section of Brookfield.

Allen Goodcase, who has a weather station at his home on Brookfield's south end, said his part of the village had received a little more than four inches of rain between June 11 and about 5:20 p.m. on June 15.

North Riverside also saw some minor street flooding, principally in the area of 23rd Street between 8th and 9th avenues, said Public Works Director Tim Kutt.

"I thought it'd be a lot worse," said Kutt.

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