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Police: Hinsdale worked ‘as a team’ after storms

HINSDALE — Evacuations, power outages, flooded streets and cars in water seemed all too familiar for some residents in the Graue Mill area on York Road in Hinsdale last week.

The Graue Mill Condo Association had to be evacuated because of flooding April 18 from the Salt Creek nearby. Electrical transformers were submerged underwater and two parking garages were completely flooded with cars still there, said Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom.

“From the observations of the people that were here and saw both, it seemed like that area got hit considerably harder this year than it did in 2010,” Bloom said. “There was a lot more flooding and that was one of the reasons why one of the garages still contained cars because people thought cars would stay safe because that garage area didn’t flood in 2010.”

The fire, police and public works departments assisted in removing residents who needed to evacuate the area, which took about 10 hours.

“I think we had two or three boats; we had three of our 5 ton dump trucks, and I think we even had a WaveRunner out there,” said George Franco, director of public services.

Bloom said he was exceptionally proud to see everyone come together, especially when it came to residents helping other residents.

“At one point, we were trying to get another boat and we actually put a request on Twitter,” Bloom said. “Within 15 minutes, we had a resident call up and said they had a boat and will bring it there.”

Village Manager David Cook said Commonwealth Edison crews worked throughout last weekend and as a result, the power was restored to the Graue Mill area.

“There is some restoration work that needs to be accomplished, but as of right now, power has been restored to the buildings,” Cook said.

Cook also said the water that flooded two parking garages had receded.

Overall, Bloom said he was proud of the job the village did in treating the storm.

“Not once throughout the day did I hear anyone complain from the police department or the fire department or the public works department,” he said. “I think the village really came together as a team and worked to try and mitigate the effects of the storm.”

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