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Valley View homes near Glen Ellyn evacuated; library closed until April 29

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:52 a.m. CDT
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A truck helps with efforts to control flooding and evacuate residents of the Valley View subdivision near Glen Ellyn.
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Churchill Woods is blocked off along Cresent Road due to flooding on Thursday.

GLEN ELLYN – Residents in the Valley View subdivision at Route 53 and Butterfield Road in unincorporated DuPage County near Glen Ellyn are being evacuated from their homes due to flooding, according to a DuPage County Sheriff's Office news release.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Geneva Fire Department and Sugar Grove Fire Department as they remove residents from the flooded subdivision by boat and bring them to Arbor View Elementary School, 22W430 Ironwood Drive.

No injuries have been reported, according to the release. Officials ask that community members avoid traveling near Route 53 and Butterfield Road.

Officials with the Glen Ellyn Public Library announced that the facility will be closed until Monday, April 29, due to flooding.

Rainfall also has caused Lake Ellyn, Lambert Lake and several detention ponds to overflow Thursday in Glen Ellyn, according to a village news release.

The village's Public Works Department has enacted its Lake Ellyn emergency plan with assistance from the Police Department. The village has placed 400 sandbags at the north end of the lake to manage flooding and erosion of the lake bank, according to the release. Residents in the area have been notified of the flooding.

"The village is fully mobilized and is doing everything we can to monitor and communicate critical information," the release reads.

Several streets are closed in Glen Ellyn, including Roosevelt Road from Nicoll Way to Baker Hill Drive. Village officials encourage residents to avoid travel if possible and use caution while traveling.

Sand and bags for residents to create their own sandbags are available in the Montclair Avenue parking lot. Residents are advised to bring their own shovels to create the bags and to enter the parking lot from Montclair Avenue.

Residents should report any public safety issues to 911. For more information, visit www.glenellyn.org and sign up for the village’s eNewsletter for critical updates at http://www.glenellyn.org/GE/Eblast%20Newsletter.html. Any questions on the village's emergency response should be directed to Kristen Schrader, assistant to the village manager, at 630-469-5000.

In addition to the village of Glen Ellyn's emergency response to the flooding, the DuPage County Stormwater Management is operating all of its larger flood control facilities due to rainfall in the area, according to a county news release.

The National Weather Service reported the DuPage area received about 4 to 5 inches of rain early Thursday, according to the release. Another 1 to 2 inches is expected throughout the day.

The rain caused water levels to rise in Salt Creek and the West Branch DuPage River, leading the county to operate its flood control facilities including Fawell Dam (Naperville), Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale), Elmhurst Quarry (Elmhurst) and Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir (Wood Dale), county officials said. Other smaller facilities are operating as well.

The county's four larger flood control facilities are controlled by staff based on a predetermined operating plan, according to the release. The other 11 facilities operate without staff members by using fixed weirs and natural drainage systems. The 15 facilities have a total floodwater storage capacity of nearly 4 billion gallons, the release reads.

For real-time information regarding precipitation levels at the facilities, visit the website.

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