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Glen Ellyn

Most Glen Ellyn recovery efforts expected to wrap up Friday

Dawn Bussey, director of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, inspects an area of the facility's basement Friday while cleanup efforts are being conducted.
Dawn Bussey, director of the Glen Ellyn Public Library, inspects an area of the facility's basement Friday while cleanup efforts are being conducted.

GLEN ELLYN – After the village of Glen Ellyn received more than 6 inches of rain beginning Wednesday, most flood recovery efforts are expected to wrap up Friday, village officials said.

On Thursday, several streets in the area were closed due to flooding. Lake Ellyn, Lambert Lake and other detention ponds had overflowed as well.

However, all streets were reopened by about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a village newsletter. Flooding near the lakes and other detention areas continues to recede Friday, said Kristen Schrader, assistant to the village manager.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library closed Thursday due to significant flooding in its basement, Schrader said. Village crews worked to remove water from the building and dry the basement area, as well as the first-floor carpeting, she said.

Library Director Dawn Bussey said the facility's sump pumps burned out trying to expell all the water coming in during the heavy rains. She expected new motors for the sump pumps to be replaced by Friday night.

Flooding in the basement caused malfunctions in various pumps, circuits and blowers, thwarting many of the library's mechanical operations, Bussey said. As a public facility, the library cannot open unless it has heat and working toilets, something it doesn't have now. She hopes everything will be working again to reopen by Monday, April 29.

More than 500 Glen Ellyn residents were without electricity at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Schrader said. As of Friday morning, that number had decreased to about 15.

In response to flooding near Lake Ellyn, the village's Public Works Department enacted its Lake Ellyn emergency plan with assistance from the Police Department. The village placed 400 sandbags at the north end of the lake to manage flooding and erosion of the lake bank, according to a village news release.

Other storm waters were managed by the Village Links storm water detention system, according to village officials. Water flowed into the golf course from streets and sewers north of the course.

Sand and bags for residents to create their own sandbags were made available Thursday in the Montclair Avenue parking lot. About 500 bags were picked up after several local high school students volunteered to fill bags for residents, Schrader said.

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

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

No injuries were reported, according to the release.

The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company responded to 43 calls for service in 19 hours as a result of the flooding, according to a company news release. Twenty-five members of the fire company spent more than 200 hours helping residents in Glen Ellyn and the surrounding communities.

Calls dealt with flooding issues, smoke investigations, gas leaks, activated fire alarms and numerous other issues, including water rescues.

The fire company also was called upon to help neighboring communities, such as Elmhurst and Lisle, with evacuations, according to the release. The company sent their swift water rescue boat and volunteers to Elmhurst. In Lisle, the company assisted with the evacuations of two nursing homes.
Glen Ellyn residents may place flood-damaged items at their curbside for Allied Waste collection by 7 a.m. Saturday, with no sticker necessary.

The village is working with the DuPage County Office of Emergency Management to determine if it is eligible for FEMA disaster relief, village officials said. Residents should document any losses related to the flood with photos and receipts. The village will share what to do with the documentation when more information is available, Schrader said.

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