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Plainfield begins to reopen roads as flooding ebbs

Plainfield officials by late afternoon Monday were able to re-open more roads after having to shut down sections of streets and highways in several areas with the heavy rains that poured down the night before.

"We're starting to re-open quire a few of them," Plainfield Fire Protection District Chief Jon Stratton said.

A section of 127th Street leading to the Target Plaza along Route 59 was next to open at the time. That street had been closed when a detention pond in the neighboring Kensington Club subdivision swelled with water.

Other roads were closed because of flooding that stemmed from rising waters on the DuPage River and in Lily Cache Creek.

Stratton said it was not clear when the DuPage River would reach its crest because the river level was still dependent on the release of water from dams in communities upstream.

"We had a lull when it was going down. Then it went back up again," he said.

There have been reports that the river may not crest until Wednesday.

Stratton said Plainfield officials were contacting communities upstream to get a grasp on the timing for when dams would be opened.

Joliet officials were monitoring the DuPage River as well because of its potential impact on Caton Farm Road, which remained open Monday but with two lanes closed because of flooding.

Lily Cache Road, which runs along the river, was closed at Caton Farm Road.

Major roads closed at certain points in and just outside Plainfield included Route 30, Route 126, Naperville/Plainfield Road and Drauden Road.

Flood water damaged a culvert at Indian Boundary Road and Rowley Road, requiring repairs before that section was re-opened.

The Plainfield Police Department listed several closings on its Facebook page in the morning. They included:

• Route 30 between 135th and 143rd streets;

• Naperville/Plainfield Road at 135th Street;

• 135th Street between the Plainfield fire station and Naperville/Plainfield Road;

• Drauden Road between Rock Drive and Alison Drive;

• Rolf Road d from Plainsman Circle to Route 59;

• Vista Lane.

Stratton said a section of Route 126 at 143rd Street also had to be closed.

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