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updated: 4/19/2013 10:56 AM

Cleanup begins at Lombard parks, homes

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Park district officials are joining Lombard residents in flood cleanup efforts Friday morning, as waters in the nearby Salt Creek and DuPage River East Branch begin to recede.

The Lombard Park District's popular Lilacia Park was hit with flooding in its center courtyard area, just weeks before the annual Lilac Time celebrations are set to begin May 4, Executive Director Paul Friedrichs said Friday.

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"Lilacia Park was under more water than I've ever seen in 15 years," Friedrichs said. "It receded relatively quickly and we were able to pump most of it out as of this morning."

While waters in Lilacia are mostly gone, Western Acres Golf Course remains under 4 feet of water Friday morning, as the DuPage River's East Branch has overflowed its banks into the course's grassy areas, Friedrichs said.

The park district hopes to begin pumping water off the course by Sunday so it can reopen by the middle of next week.

Homeowners across Lombard who begin removing flood-damaged items from their homes can dispose of them in garbage bins at six locations throughout the village.

Dumpsters will be available until Monday on Greenfield Avenue by the south side of Terrace View Pond; at Washington Boulevard and Park Road behind the cemetery; at 18th Street and Stewart Avenue; on Edgewood Avenue west of Vista Pond; at South Broadway and Lewis Avenue and on the Cul-de-sac on Grace Street south of Wilson next to Southland Park.

The village advises residents to take photos and save records related to damaged items in case state or federal aid becomes available for storm victims.

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Lombard residents also can receive free crisis counseling services from the Association of Individual Development by calling (630) 966-9393.

Streets that remain flooded are centered around Vista, Terrace View and Charles Lane ponds, and the village is advising motorists to continue avoiding those areas.

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