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Morton Arboretum reopened after flood

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LISLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Morton Arboretum reopened Sunday afternoon after being closed for three days because of significant flood damage from last week's storms.

The main entrance and parking lot were under several feet of water after the east branch of the DuPage River rose 10 feet, two feet higher than the all-time record, according to a release from a Morton Arboretum spokesperson.

The arboretum will resume normal business hours Monday, the release said, though cleanup work and damage assessment are continuing.

Three and a half feet of water flooded the Research Center and damaged the building's mechanical system and controls. Water is still being pumped out as of Sunday afternoon. Some trails are also still undergoing repair, though the trees and plants are not expected to have any long-term damage.

Telephone and computer systems have not been completely restored and are expected to remain down for several days, the release said.

The arboretum was forced to cancel all weekend events, including the Arbor Day 10k and Ecofest, the release said. The 10k will not be rescheduled.

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