A strange thing happened in Naperville over the weekend of October 12 thru the 15th. 7.8 inches of rain fell during that time period, one-half ml. or one thunderbolt short of eight inches. What’s really strange is that no residents appeared in front of the city council during public forum on October 17 to complain about flooding in their basements. Typically that happens like clock-work. You can count on a string of disgruntled residents voicing their frustrations to the council asking for a remedy.
The fact that no one appeared in front of the council can only mean a couple of possibilities:
- Naperville city officials have finally solved the problem of flooding.
- Residents have given up trying to get the council to listen and act on the problem.
- Everybody was too busy still trying to bail water out of their basements.
- Watching the Cub’s playoff game had priority.
The next council meeting isn’t until November 7, so it’s possible the council will dodge the issue and few if any residents will be there to complain about their tale of woe.
A number of streets in Naperville were closed due the flooding. One of the problems was the deluge of rained happened immediately before the first of three leaf pick-up cycles. Many streets were lined with neat piles of leaves at curbside. Add to that about 8 inches of rain and bingo sewer drains get clogged with no where for the water to go; hence flooded streets and basements.
It’s not the City’s fault that leaves, rain, and bad timing happened at the same time. It could happen at the beginning of the next leaf pick-up cycle, or the last leaf pick-up cycle. However it would appear that city officials might want to consider other remedies for disposing of leaves.
A friend from Tinley Park was driving through the maze of flooded or closed streets in Naperville that weekend and realized quickly that piles of leaves acting as dams in the streets didn’t make the situation any better. Apparently that problem doesn’t exist in Tinley Park. What do they know that we don’t know in Naperville.