Friday, April 20, 2018

1947 Des Plaines River Flood in Lockport, IL

Bill Molony posted
In April of 1947, the Des Plaines River overflowed its banks and flooded the west side of the City of Lockport.
The Santa Fe parked freight cars on its tracks through Lockport in order to keep them from being washed out completely.Bill Molony The flood covered more than 1,000 yards of the Santa Fe's main line tracks near the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The Santa Fe detoured its trains between McCook and Joliet over the tracks of The Alton.
If the Santa Fe was flooded by the Des Plaines River, that means the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was completely submerged because it is between the river and the tracks.

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