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The rain is pretty much in the past, cleanup is under way, Plainfield schools are closed again -- in other words, this is a weather roundup.

In the great pantheon of things, Joliet did not have it nearly as bad as, say, Shorewood or Bolingbrook, when it came to rainfall or flooding. But don't tell that to the co-worker with knee-deep water in the basement or the friend whose car got caught in a flash flood.

Overall, our area received about 4 inches of rain in the last 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. Less than 20 miles away, in towns such as Naperville and Oakbrook, the tally was more than 6 inches.

Because roads continue to be a mess in the Plainfield area, school for Plainfield District 202 students (many of whom live in Joliet) is cancelled again Friday.

And as of Thursday night a flood warning remained in effect for the sections of Bolingbrook and Shorewood near the DuPage River, which stood 25.8 feet. Flood stage is considered 19.5 feet. Some smaller streams are also in jeopardy of flooding, the weather service said.

The good news is while there remains a 40 percent chance of rain during the day Friday, things will start clearing Friday night and Saturday's predicted to be sunny with a high of 50. All the better for watching the Lyrid meteor shower.


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Stace Meyers April 18, 2013 at 02:14 PM
It's crazy! Route 30 to New Lenox was terrible. They had a detour to go through Pilcher Park and that was worse! Of course...
Carol Palac April 18, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I need info from anyone in the Riverside Townes Subdivision??? How bad is it there (right by the DuPage River) .... All the pumps are running but phones not being answered...
Mark Donahue April 18, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Why are people so stupid as to drive into the flood water? Why risk it? I laugh at the morons who end up stuck with a dead car. Often times these people go around barricades and do this! Common sense. USE IT.
Anna April 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM
What is going on in Minooka? I heard Shady Oaks is being evacuated.
Stephane Carlson April 19, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Carol, to reside towns surrounded by water! I'm on Woodhill and needed police escort to get home tonight! Caton Farm closed. No access to Rivertowne. Flooding all the way to frontage. :(
Stephane Carlson April 19, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Dang cell phone. That should say Riverside townes.
Carol Palac April 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Joann April 19, 2013 at 04:58 PM
You've got a picture of my house and its much worse today. Since that picture my neighborhood can not be accesed from frontage and many more homes are flooded


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