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Has Des Plaines River flood prevention stalled?

Only 1 of 6 projects from 1980s finished

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Closure Structure No. 3 Levee 37 along River Road in Mount Prospect.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Concrete barricades being taken away at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Sandbags piled up at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Closure Structure No. 2 Levee 37 along River Road in Mount Prospect.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Concrete barricades being taken away at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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Nearly 27 years since the twin deluges of 1986 and 1987 set new flooding records affecting thousands of homes and businesses, only three of the six flood control projects proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers have been acted upon. Among the flood control projects that remain is the proposed expansion of Big Bend Lake reservoir in Des Plaines, one of the areas hardest hit by the April 17 storm.
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    • Closure Structure No. 3 Levee 37 along River Road in Mount Prospect.
    • Concrete barricades being taken away at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.
    • Sandbags piled up at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.
    • Closure Structure No. 2 Levee 37 along River Road in Mount Prospect.
    • Concrete barricades being taken away at Old Willow Road and Des Plaines River Road just north of Levee 37.
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