Group of teens rescued from rain-swollen DuPage River in Naperville

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Emergency crews rescued a group of teens from the rain-swollen DuPage River in Naperville on Wednesday, the second such incident in two days.

Just after 1 p.m., a motorist called 911 and said he saw three young people who appeared to be trapped on an island in the river near 95th Street and Eagle Brook Lane, Naperville fire officials said.

Fire Department crews arrived five minutes later and found the teens trapped on the island in waist-deep water, surrounded by fast-moving currents, officials said.

They were in no immediate danger, allowing crews to station rescue swimmers downstream before deploying boats to remove the teens from the island, officials said.

All three were out of the water by 2:06 p.m. and none was injured, officials said. Two of them had been wearing personal flotation devices.

On Tuesday, three people were rescued from the river after their raft flipped over near downtown Naperville’s Riverwalk, officials said previously. No one was injured in that incident either.

A flood warning is in effect for several rivers across the Chicago area, including the DuPage River, because of recent heavy rains, according to the National Weather Service.

Naperville officials are warning residents to stay out of any flooded waterways, which could be dangerously fast-moving and filled with debris.

“In a flooding situation such as this, going into the water can be a matter of life or death,” Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said. “We encourage all people to stay away from all bodies of water until they are back to normal. What can look like a fun and exciting adventure is truly a life-threatening matter.”

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