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  • Busse Woods dam modification set to begin in August Mar 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    A long-awaited project aimed at alleviating flooding along Salt Creek in Cook and DuPage counties is targeted for groundbreaking in August, Elk Grove Village officials said Tuesday. Plans to modify a dam in Busse Woods near Cosman Road have been under consideration since 2008, when heavy storms left homes, businesses and roadways under water.

  • Residents witness how DuPage’s water works Mar 21, 2015 10:06 PM
    The public got to see just complex and impressive the Elmhurst Quarry is on Saturday when an estimated 300 people signed up for tours of the flood control facility along Route 83 in Elmhurst. “Some places still flood today, but I can’t imagine what it would be if we didn’t have this facility,” DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay said.

  • Council candidates: No easy answers to Wheaton flooding Mar 18, 2015 2:45 PM
    The four candidates vying for two at-large seats on the Wheaton City Council agree flooding is a significant problem in the city, but they have differing thoughts on how it should be addressed.

  • Wheaton considers stormwater studies, funding options Feb 9, 2015 10:43 PM
    In hopes of addressing flooding issues in the city, Wheaton officials are considering paying $600,000 over the next two years to have engineering studies completed in floodplain and flood-prone areas. City Manager Don Rose said Monday during a city council planning session that the city is “lacking an organized focus” when it comes to address the flooding problems, due in large part to missing individualized data for various flood-prone areas.

  • Des Plaines using casino money to help solve flooding Feb 7, 2015 11:51 AM
    Des Plaines plans this year to use its share of tax revenues from Rivers Casino to pay for infrastructure for a new city water source, replacement of a large water main under River Road and drainage improvements citywide. The city plans to spend $12.3 million worth of gambling revenues on those projects in 2015, officials said this week. “Des Plaines was developed a long time ago. Those pipes just aren't big enough anymore,” City Manager Mike Bartholomew said.

  • Residents invited to Mt. Prospect meeting on sewer work to relieve flooding Feb 4, 2015 5:12 PM
    Mount Prospect is holding a neighborhood meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at village hall to present plans for its Isabella Drainage Improvements Project to reduce the risk of flooding in the area. Village staff will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions, after which construction drawings will be available for review and staff will be available to answer additional questions.

  • Wheeling’s proposed stormwater fee would take effect in August Jan 28, 2015 5:30 AM
    Wheeling officials are planning to start charging businesses and residents a stormwater utility fee this August. The proposed fee, showing up on water bills, would pay for projects designed to curb flooding and for the upkeep of the village's existing infrastructure. The other option would have been raising property taxes. "This has been a long time coming," said Trustee Ken Brady, who sits on the village's stormwater committee.

  • Flood-prone Des Plaines homes set to be torn down in coming weeks Jan 13, 2015 5:00 AM
    Six flood-prone Des Plaines homes are scheduled to be demolished in the coming weeks — the first set of structures to be taken down under a voluntary federal buyout program, city officials said. Within a year, a total of 21 homes will be razed, and the land they sit on will be graded, seeded, and left as open space.

  • DuPage developing strategy to combat flooding Jan 12, 2015 4:28 PM
    Nearly two years after widespread flooding damaged thousands of DuPage properties, county officials are developing a strategy to better prepare area communities for extreme weather events. “Parts of the county are still recovering from the effects of the April 2013 flood,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement.

  • Elmhurst flood control plan poised for approval Jan 6, 2015 2:04 PM
    Elmhurst is poised to get permission to tap into a reservoir owned and operated by DuPage County so the city could prevent dozens of homes from flooding. DuPage County Board members next week are expected to approve an intergovernmental agreement that will allow Elmhurst to run a pipe into the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility along Route 83.

  • Contractor hits gas line in Carol Stream Dec 18, 2014 6:06 PM
    A contractor on the Armstrong Park flood-control project in Carol Stream hit an unmarked gas line Thursday morning, causing headaches for parents trying to get their children to nearby schools. The 2-inch gas line was struck near the Gretna Station Museum & Caboose located at the park’s entrance off Illini Drive.

  • Asbestos inspections of flood-prone Des Plaines homes approved Dec 17, 2014 4:43 PM
    Twenty-one flood-prone Des Plaines homes slated for demolition under a voluntary federal buyout program will be inspected for asbestos before being taken down. The city council this week approved an agreement with Gabriel Laboratories at a cost not to exceed $20,000 for inspections and testing for asbestos.

  • Final gap filled in Levee 37 along Des Plaines River Nov 19, 2014 5:00 PM
    Mount Prospect Public Works Director Sean Dorsey announced this week that the final gap in Levee 37 along the Des Plaines River has been completely and permanently filled. The $30 million project began in March 2009.

  • Lisle to receive nearly $2.9 million for flood relief Nov 15, 2014 12:05 AM
    Lisle will be able to purchase 13 houses that regularly flood and elevate six others, thanks to a nearly $2.9 million federal grant. Mayor Joe Broda said the village applied for the grant in response to widespread flooding in April 2013. On Friday, he said it was “fabulous” to get the grant money. “It's going to give us the opportunity to move forward and purchase those homes,” Broda said.

  • Lake Zurich board accepts flood plan Oct 21, 2014 5:31 AM
    Money remains the final hurdle to a final engineering plan devised to help residents in two flood-prone subdivisions on Lake Zurich’s east side. Village board members Monday evening voted to accept the plan to increase storage capacity of a detention pond that collects stormwater for the Cedar Creek and Bristol Trail subdivisions.

  • Lake County to receive FEMA money Oct 14, 2014 5:16 PM
    Lake County will receive about $1.5 million from a federal agency to remove structures from flood-prone areas.

  • DuPage considering Elmhurst plan to use quarry Oct 7, 2014 3:09 PM
    DuPage County officials are trying to determine whether an Elmhurst quarry that helps keep Salt Creek inside its banks also should be used to prevent nearby homes from flooding. Elmhurst officials say the city has experienced three major floods since 2010. To help address the problem, they’re asking to run a pipe into the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility, a reservoir along Route 83 owned and operated by the county.

  • Buffalo Grove downtown study reignites debate Sep 5, 2014 3:24 PM
    The public discussion of whether to build a “downtown Buffalo Grove” on the existing village campus and golf course — largely dormant since the initial proposal in 2012 — promises to receive a jolt on Monday, when the village discusses an engineering report on the feasibility of developing the site. The report stresses “the positive side of the picture,” said Leon Gopon, president of Save Buffalo Grove. “We would like to … pretty much talk about some of the issues that we feel are the other side of the coin.”

  • Long-awaited study of downtown Buffalo Grove released Sep 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Buffalo Grove late Thursday released an online link to a study that could help determine the fate of a controversial proposal for a massive development in the area currently housing village government offices. The stucy concluded that several alternatives "presented in this report would be permittable by the regulatory agencies." The report will be discussed at Monday's board meeting.

  • Flood control projects in Prospect Hts., Wheeling nearly done Sep 6, 2014 12:31 PM
    The Levee 37 project along the Des Plaines River and the basins and pumping station at Heritage Park in Wheeling near Buffalo Creek promise to go a long way toward mitigating a constant source of irritation for Mount Prospect residents who live near the river. On Tuesday, some village board members joined staff to examine progress on both projects, which are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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