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Westmont asks for residents’ help as flood cleanup continues

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:05 a.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman – Water gushes out of a sewer cover on 55th Street near Park Street in Westmont on Thursday.
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Bill Ackerman – Bikes in the front yard of a house in the 300 block of Hudson were spared Thursday morning following torrential rains in the area.
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Bill Ackerman – A canoe is one of the few practical ways to cross 2nd Street in Downers Grove, east of Florence Avenue, on Thursday. More than 7 inches of rain fell on the area.
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Bill Ackerman – Large portions of Lisle were under water, like the Lisle Lanes parking lot on Thursday afternoon.

WESTMONT – By the time the torrential rains left town Thursday, Mother Nature had dropped in upward of 7 inches of water on Westmont, leaving behind massive floods.

Westmont, along with Lisle and Downers Grove, were among the hardest hit in the west suburbs; as countless residences and businesses flooded, causing water damage and closing roads and schools.

Westmont joined DuPage County and a host of other towns, including Lisle, 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.

As of Monday, all roads were re-opened in Westmont, according to Police Chief Tom Mulhearn.

“Now we’re dealing with the aftermath and cleanup,” Mulhearn said Monday.

Mulhearn said there were no injuries among village personnel assisting during and after the storm, nor were there any residents with injuries.

There were several homes that had to be evacuated because of flooding, he said, and two lightning strikes caused minor fires.

“And we responded to several flooded streets to help people out of their cars,” Mulhearn added.

“The biggest thing was this storm had such a large amount of rain in such a short amount of time. According to our weather-monitoring devices, over a 24-hour period we had over 6 inches of rain.”

Village officials are asking residents to assist the village of Westmont as it looks to be issued relief funds from the state and federal government.

Larry McIntyre, media relations coordinator with the village, asked that residents with any storm-related damage fill out an online form on the village’s website,

“We have until noon [Wednesday] to turn in all damage assessment data,” McIntyre said. “If we want to have the possibility of getting relief funds, this is the first step.”

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