Over the past few weeks, we’ve received more rain than I can remember here in the Fox Valley. It wasn’t as un-relenting of a deluge as the Century Rain of 1996 where we got 17 inches in 24 hours, but it was a consistent build up of rain over the course of perhaps a week or so. There were several smaller violent storms that blew through causing wind damage to certain areas and dropping trees throughout the region.
The majority of the worry that many homeowners in the area have felt has been due to the water. Many of the Fox Valley communities are river communities. There are several large waterways that run through the area including the Fox River and DuPage River. River levels were running at decade-high levels and in some cases spilling over bridges and banks and flooding lowland areas. Another issue has been the that when you have that much constant rain, storm sewers can become clogged or just overwhelmed.
For the last week, we’ve seen a reprieve in the rain – there has been several dry days and the water levels have fallen drastically giving homowners a chance to clean up and dry out. Perhaps one of the most prevalent issues people experienced during the rain was water in the basement. If you are a Fox Valley homeowner dealing with water in the basement, the first thing you need to do is protect your belongings – get them up out of the water and get them dry. Next is pumping out the standing water and cleaning up the debris and finally, a good humidifier is a requirement. Remember, concrete is porous and retains its moisture well. Moisture is a good breeding ground for molds and other fungus. You need something to take the excess moisture out of those spaces.