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Chapter 3 Photos

Original Sanitary & Ship Canal Completion and Improvment

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Photo 3.19

October 22, 1923. The Willow Springs Spillway is diverting flow from the Des Plaines River to the Sanitary & Ship Canal. The spillway was constructed for that purpose to relieve flooding upstream in the western suburbs. The additional water also boosted power production at Lockport. The spillway was closed in 1955 after a flood in 1954 diverted too much water from the river to the canal, backing up water in the canal and causing flooding in downtown Chicago. (MWRD photo 10224)