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A t tie satroatRom warn DuPage, Kane under water, overwhelmed By Lynn Van Matre Tribune Staff Writer It was a scene that played . out Thursday in dozens of places across DuPage County: Residents waking up to water that filled yards, basements and sometimes living rooms; roads rendered impassible except by boat; businesses shut down by flooded parking lots. "It's like somebody twisted my stomach," said Lori Loconte of Naperville, describing describing her feelings about the floodwaters that filled the first floor of a home she and her husband are remodeling. The work was within a week of completion. Now they will have to start over. "I started crying," Loconte said. On Thursday, Gov. Jim Edgar declared 13 northern Illinois counties including DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, Lake and Cook as state disaster disaster areas in the wake of fierce storms that dumped almost 17 inches of rain on some areas during a 24-hour 24-hour 24-hour period. Edgar also directed some Illinois National Guard troops to be on standby to assist in recovery recovery efforts. The worst may be yet to come. "We are looking at near-record near-record near-record flood levels on streams," said Bill Morris of the National Weather Service. 'We have had anywhere from 6 to 11 inches of rain over the DuPage River watershed and we are seeing significant rises j" --v.. --v.. --v.. . Tribune photo by Mario Petlttl - - -SS -SS -ii -ii i- , tnM -, -, inniw m in the rivers and streams." Flood warnings remained in effect for the DuPage, Fox and Des Plaines Rivers, where waters are not expected to crest until Friday or the week- week- Tribune photo by James Mayo end, according to the National Weather Service. Hardest-hit Hardest-hit Hardest-hit areas included Aurora, where a record 16.9 inches of rain fell within 24 hours; Naperville; and Lisle. Businesses in downtown Naperville (above) face flood waters at their doors from 12 inches of rain that fell on the city. In unincorporated DuPage County, Amy Silder (left) uses her canoe to reach people who need help. All three municipalities declared a state of emergency Thursday morning, and Edgar sent Illinois National Guard troops to Naperville to help patrol areas that were too deep under water to be accessible by police cars. DuPage County Board Chairman Chairman Gayle M. Franzen also declared a state of emergency for Lisle and Naperville Townships Townships and ordered the opening of the Elmhurst Stone Quarry Thursday morning to collect stormwater and help control See DuPage, Page 4

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 19 Jul 1996, Fri,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 121

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