Lisle mayor estimates millions in property damage after floods

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 5:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:06 a.m. CDT

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LISLE – By the time the torrential rains left town Thursday, Mother Nature had dropped 7.34 inches of water on Lisle, leaving behind massive floods.

Lisle was among the hardest hit last Wednesday night and Thursday, and dramatic scenes unfolded throughout town, including an evacuation by boat of the Towers of Four Lakes Village apartment complex in unincorporated Lisle.

The storms called together local responders from the police and fire departments, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and even the National Guard.

A release issued by the village late Friday called it "one of the worst flood disasters" in the town's 50-plus year history.

Mayor Joe Broda elaborated on that statement when reached Monday morning.

"I can only speak for the last 35 years in Lisle, but the level of flooding has made this the worst storm I have seen," Broda said. "The storms and flooding in '96 were bad but not to this magnitude."

Broda couldn't put a figure on it, but said property loss across town will be in the millions. He added that he was not aware of any serious injuries in Lisle as a result of the storms and flooding.

"All you have to is drive around town and see all the furniture in front of people's homes. A neighbor across the street from me has $20,000 in damage to her basement alone," he said.

Most roads had re-opened in Lisle as of Monday morning.

Some are still displaced from their homes, though, according to the mayor, who estimated that more than 100 residences had to be evacuated in the days following the storms.

"We've got homes that may not be able to be occupied again," he said, adding that village inspectors would surveying damage throughout town this week.

As of Monday, residents in the Towers of Four Lakes apartment complex were still not back in their homes. The complex was still without power as of Monday and roads have been blocked by standing water.

"Some people had to leave their pets there for two days, which is very shameful. They're trying to get power back over there – a power sub-station to the east of the towers is under water," the mayor said.

Lisle joined DuPage County and a host of other towns, including Westmont, Lombard, Elmhurst, Addison and Warrenville, in declaring states of emergency.

Declaring a state of emergency allows communities to eventually seek state or federal funding if and when it becomes available.

Broda is hopeful Lisle will receive funds to help cover the damage costs.

"We won't know anything for weeks (regarding funds from the state and federal government). We should qualify for some money to help these people. For their sake, I hope our residents get it," he said.

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