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posted: 7/8/2013 5:00 AM

Tree removal increases neighborhood flooding

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Water, water everywhere ... and more to come. Climate talks warn of increased storm intensity, frequency and flooding. Des Plaines requests flood funding, Mount Prospect completes 2011 flood study and work begins.

What is Arlington Heights' response?

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• Two years after the 2011 flood a company has finally been approved to conduct a study.

• The $1.5 million-$2 million cost to treat 13,000 ash trees is called "exorbitant". Instead $11.5 million will be spent to increase yearly flooding by 28.6 million gallons, as trees are removed.

• The People's Choice Program, a failure with almost 0 participation, has been extended.

What are the choices?

Option 1: Spend $11.5 million and remove trees, lower property values, increase flooding and utility costs.

Option 2: Spend $1.5 million-$2 million to treat all trees, preserving our homes, our neighborhoods and our environment.

If you rushed to grab a shady parkway spot to view the 4th of July parade, imagine the scene with no trees. Take five minutes, go to vah.com, email the mayor and trustees. Voice your choice. Don't be indifferent, we have too much to lose. Immediate action is required.

Christine Sacks

Arlington Heights

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