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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • DuPage buys building for flood control effort Aug 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    DuPage County is preparing for the next step in its ongoing work to alleviate flooding in Warrenville. The county has agreed to buy a commercial building at the northeast corner of the Warrenville Road bridge and the West Branch of the DuPage River. The building will be torn down so the bridge could be replaced next year and the river could be realigned.

     
  • Bartlett, county officials tour $5 million project to ease flooding Aug 28, 2014 5:18 PM
    DuPage County officials on Thursday toured a $5 million project to reduce flooding around Route 59 and Stearns Road in Bartlett. Construction began last year to solve drainage problems near the intersection and improve the quality of water heading into Brewster Creek. "It's going to make a substantial difference," said Jim Zay, chairman of the county board's stormwater committee.

     
  • Palatine Hills golf course experiences more flooding Aug 26, 2014 12:34 PM
    Flooding that forced Palatine Hills Golf Course to close several holes over the weekend served as a reminder that plans to address the course's ongoing water problems have not yet been implemented fully. Parts of four holes at the Palatine Park District's 18-hole course were underwater at the opening of business Sunday as a result of Saturday's heavy rains.

     
  • Prospect Heights doing watershed survey Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    The City of Prospect Heights, in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison is conducting a brief survey to aid in research and data collection for a study of McDonald Creek and its watershed in Prospect Heights.

     
  • DuPage County to receive $18.9 million in federal flood relief Aug 8, 2014 2:27 PM
    More than a year after storms caused major flooding throughout DuPage, the county is poised to receive a second round of federal disaster recovery money. Officials say the county — which had thousands of properties suffer flood damage in April 2013 — is planning to use $18.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for flood-prevention projects and buy homes that chronically flood.

     
  • Quinn signs water-related laws in Chicago Aug 3, 2014 6:14 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at protecting water supplies. One of the three bills Quinn signed Sunday creates the Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The new law forms a working group to evaluate research urban flooding policies.

     
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