DuPage River Water Levels May Cause Flooding in Naperville

City makes sand and sand bags available for residents

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City is monitoring the DuPage River levels and wants to alert residents to possible flooding conditions for downtown Naperville, and residential areas downstream of the river near downtown until Monday, May 18. Additional rain is expected beginning this evening continuing through Monday morning.

The City has made sand and sand bags available to residents in preparation of flooding. Residents can go to Riverview Court, off of Hillside Road just east of Washington, to fill and take sand bags. Please bring a shovel to fill the bags and wear a cloth face covering in case social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The City of Naperville wants to remind residents to take safety precautions during a flood. Any resident experiencing flooding is reminded to be cautious about electrical equipment and cords that may be located in those areas to reduce the risk of electrocution.

With the river already risen well over its banks, residents are asked to stay off the river during this high-water period due to dangerous conditions. The water is moving swiftly, making passage and maneuverability in the water more difficult.

During times like this, it is important to keep a few important safety tips in mind:

  • Stay out of all flood waters; trying to navigate the fast moving, debris-filled flood waters can lead to risky rescue situations or tragic circumstances.
  • Avoid skin contact with the flood water because it can be contaminated.
  • Do not consume anything exposed to flood water.
  • Keep flood water out of your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Move to high ground if you find yourself in an area where water is flooding.
  • Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, even if it appears to be shallow.
  • Do not push your vehicle out of the water. If it is stuck, get out and find higher ground.
  • Do not park near a stream, river or place that could easily flood.
  • Make a plan in case your home or business floods.

The best thing you can do is avoid flooded areas and pay attention to flood watches and warnings. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.