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Residents of Wheaton's Briarcliffe subdivision may return to their homes

Engineering and public works personnel determined retention pond breach is now stable

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 11:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:57 p.m. CDT
(Jerry Moore — jmoore@shawmedia.com)
Trash fills a Dumpster outside a home Sunday on Brentwood Lane in Wheaton following flooding conditions that impacted the western suburbs last week. City officials recommended that residents from the Briarcliffe subdivision evacuate the area Saturday night when they discovered a leak in a nearby retention pond.
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A leak found in a retention pond in the Briarcliffe subdivision in Wheaton could cause area to flood if it breeches, city officials reported. Residents in the area are being asked to evacuate.
(Jerry Moore — jmoore@shawmedia.com)
A portion of Brentwood Lane, part of the Briarcliffe subdivision in Wheaton, remains blocked off Sunday morning. City officials recommended that residents in the subdivision evacuate the area after they discovered a leak in a nearby retention pond.

WHEATON – This morning, members of Wheaton’s engineering and public works personnel assessed the Lake 4 retention pond breach north of the Briarclife subdivision and determined it to be stable.

Residents who evacuated their homes last night can return. The city will continue to regularly monitor the situation throughout the day and consult with experts as time progresses.

For any residents who have had utilities turned off: If their natural gass service was shut off, they are advised to call Nicor to check appliances and re-establish service. If electrical power was turned off due to flooding, a qualified electrician should be contacted to evaluate their system before restoring power.

The retention pond north of Brentwood Lane was found to be leaking, causing the potential for the berm to breach. Since homes in the immediate area could experience flooding in the event of a breach, city officials recommended residents be evacuated from the area bounded by Brentwood Lane to the north, Nottingham Lane to the west, Windsor Drive to the south and Cheshire Lane to the east.

Residents in the area were contacted by the city's reverse 911 system. This subdivision is several blocks northwest of Lambert and Butterfield roads.

Emergency personnel stabilized retention pond to the north of Brentwood Lane with sandbags late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Ongoing information will be posted to the city’s website at www.wheaton.il.us or will be available by calling the Wheaton Police Department at 630-260-2161.

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