Flooding plan details to be unveiled Thursday in Elmwood Park
Updated: August 20, 2012 11:10AM
ELMWOOD PARK — Village officials will reveal more of the estimated $19.7 million plan on Thursday to mitigate flooding in Elmwood Park.
The public informational meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. July 19 at the Parks and Recreation Center, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park.
Officials will present details of the village’s latest cost estimates for the project.
“We want to make sure the residents understand the scope and cost of the project and how it will help reduce flooding in our community,” said Village President Peter Silvestri. “Flooding has been a major concern for homeowners, and this plan helps to address the problem.”
The proposal would reduce the risk of flooding in two flood-prone areas: the Westwood Subdivision and portions of the Armitage Avenue, Cortland Parway, Cortland Street, Dickens Avenue, 77th Court, 77th Avenue and 78th Avenue that are considered at risk from overbank flooding from the Des Plaines River.
The cost estimate is $19.7 million and the Metropolitan Water and Reclamation District has earmarked $5.7 million toward the project. The village is exploring additional statie and federal sources to fund the balance.
For the Westwood Subdivision, the project would include the installation of a new storm sewer system that will discharge stormwater into the golf course tributary located on Oak Park Country Club property. The second area would include installation of a 3.5-foot-high concrete floodwall that will run nearly 2,000 feet along the west side of Thatcher Avenue starting just south of Bloomingdale Avenue and going northward.
“These are difficult decision and we want to hear from residents,” Silvestri said. “We welcome any questions or comments residents may have.”
Go to www.elmwood park.org for more information.