The Epic Flood of Chicago 2013 - Part 2

Welcome to part 2! This part focuses on the Des Plaines River between the Hoffman Dam Area and an area in Riverside that many locals call Swan Pond.

Before this event, the highest gauge level of water ever measured was 9.9 feet. The normal flow rate for this gauge site in mid April is about 1,170cfm. Just before midnight, the river crested at 11.42' ( a new record) with a flow rate around 11,500cfm.

This is at the site of the old Hoffman Dam that was recently removed. 

This is what it looks like normally
Same area - different angle

This is on the north side of the bridge and is an area commonly referred to as the "toilet bowl"
This is closer to a normal level for the toilet bowl
As we move down stream a bit - maybe 1/2 mile at best - we come to an area called Swan Pond. It was just a couple of months ago when my wife and I took our little guy sledding there for the first time.

The entire area in now a giant lake that connects to river.

This is normally a large open field where kids play, joggers jog, and people go sledding in the winter. 

Beyond the closest line of trees is where the rivers edge usually begins. 
As you can see, it is now just one massive body of water

Just around the corner is a locally famous landmark known as the swinging bridge. Typically, the water below is a semi shallow set of rocky rapids that is a couple of feet deep. If you were to stand under it during normal conditions, you couldn't touch the top of it with a 9' fly rod in your hand. 

Now you couldn't even get a kayak under it!!

A father and daughter taking it all in


  1. Amazing. Water is not to be messed with.

    1. It sure isn't! The force behind it is incredible

  2. Incredible pictures... water is no joke and even after it recedes there is so much filth and bacteria left behind... what a nightmare for all those folks to have to deal with.

    I bet there would be some national coverage of this flooding if the Boston bombing hadn't taken place.

    Glad you and your property are okay at this point!

    1. I'm sure there would be, Adam. I am OK with the Boston coverage though...much more important in my opinion.

  3. Thanks for posting about this, I would love to read more about this topic.
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