Stories of the Year: Flooding hit Kane County in April

Island Park left underwater

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 9:33 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner file photo - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
A pedestrian surveys the flooded area around St. Charles City Hall and the St. Charles Police Station after heavy rains last April.

Kane County was hard hit by flooding in April.

Island Park in Geneva was left underwater after the flooding, and heavy rains filled Quarry Beach in Batavia to within a foot of its capacity. Hall Quarry Beach occupies a former stone quarry and features a sand bottom swimming area.

In addition, flooding caused North Aurora Village Hall, which is located along the Fox River, to close.

One of the hardest hit areas was the Valley View area of St. Charles Township, where resident Antonio Gualtieri lives. He estimated 6 inches of water entered his house as heavy rains fell April 18, representing the worst flooding Gualtieri had seen since he had lived there for the past six or seven years.

“The water’s been up before, but it never got into the house,” he had said. “It never got this bad.”

Those living near the river face the risk of such flooding during heavy rain events. And the area took a hard hit in April, with some suffering damage to their property.

Despite that, some residents say they still enjoy the benefits of living near the river, and that they can live with the downside. Gualtieri doesn’t plan to move. He loves the area too much.

“The sunsets are unbelievable,” he said. “Nobody bothers you out here. It is real quiet.”

One of his neighbors, Gina Settipani, also has memories of flooding in the neighborhood. But she wouldn’t trade the quiet beauty her neighborhood provides.

“It’s pretty peaceful out here for the most part,” Settipani had said.

– Eric Schelkopf