Old records have been shattered in many parts of the areas and the local rivers and streams have hit levels never seen before.
Just about 2 blocks from my back door flows the Salt Creek which then empties in to the Des Plaines River. I have lived in this area for the vast majority of my life and have never seen this level of flooding.
Part one will focus on the Salt Creek near my house
|You would normally see a near vertical bank that goes down to the water surface about 8' down|
|Top of some old bridge supports that normally stick out of the water by about 8'|
|A low and slow moving creek normally that has quadrupled in size.|
|Another person seeing the record levels on this small creek|
|Note the two cars stranded atop the bridge.|
This intersection seems to flood every couple of years. What is abnormal about this one is how far north and south (looking down this street) that the water is reaching.
|The redish brick home is approximately 3' under water in this picture. There are windows to the basement that are completely covered by water. I had driven through this intersection about 8 hours earlier and there was only a foot of standing water.|
There is only one time that I can remember seeing water make it to this block and that was back in 2008 I believe.
|As I walked through the alley to reach the next block, hoses like these were busy pumping as much water out of basements as possible. The constant drone of generators and pumps could drive a person mad.|
|A resident trying to get home after work|
|Water making it to the west side of this block|
|Residents all teaming up to fill sandbags|
After this, I headed back home (which is one more block west) to tend to my flooded basement. The streets were completely dry.
Approximately an hour later I heard a knock at the door followed by a lady speaking with a loud sense of urgency, "If those are your cars on the street, you better put them in the driveway! The water is rushing in!"
Curious by this, I looked out the window and was shocked to see water quickly filling into my street. I have NEVER seen this before.
|This was the water as it was coming in.|
|The foot of my driveway|
|This is from the intersection of my block and the east/west street (looking west)|
|Same intersection looking further south|
|The water was filling my neighbor's basement through the window|
|Cars like this were driving the wrong way down my street and creating wakes that made the situation even worse.|
Part 2 will follow shortly showing the Des Plaines River at the old Hoffman Dam and in Riverside.