River Flood Warning:
The flood warning for the DuPage River has now been extended through tomorrow night. The river is expected to rise to 13 feet this afternoon, topping flood stage, which is 11.5 feet. The Naperville Fire Department is alerting the public to stay off the water, as the higher levels are creating stronger currents, hidden obstructions and dangerous conditions. One particular spot of concern is the Washington Street Bridge downtown, where there’s not enough space for boats or people to pass under. The Riverwalk remains closed, as the high water has made its way over the walkways and onto some local businesses. There’s also a flash flood watch in effect for our area through 5 p.m., particularly in areas with poor drainage.
Jeopardy James Ties 2nd Longest Streak:
Yesterday was another record setting day for James Holzhauer. The Naperville native won his 20th straight game of Jeopardy, tying him for the second longest streak on the show. If he wins today, he’ll surpass Julia Collins, who had a 20-day streak back in 2014. The longest streak is 74-days, set by Ken Jennings in 2004. Holzhauer’s total earnings now stand at $1,528,012.
Student Engineering Showcase:
Over 56 student teams representing nine local high schools displayed their yearlong projects at Project Lead The Way Engineering Design and Development Showcase. Neuqua Valley hosted the event where bright young minds showed their solutions to real-world problems, whether how to prevent soggy fries or a way to waterproof benches. Judges scored their projects using several factors including project design and practicality. A team from Neuqua Valley walked away with best prototype display. You can see more from the event this Friday on the latest Naperville News 17.
May Watts Elementary Turns 30:
30 years of educating students in Naperville is worthy of a special celebration. Last night May Watts Elementary invited students and teachers, old and new, to the school to recognize its anniversary. Photos, “artifacts”, and school awards were on display for all to enjoy. It was also a fitting way to remember the school’s namesake, May Theilgaard Watts, on what would have been her 126th birthday. Watts was known as a teacher, author, and for her environmental work at the Morton Arboretum.