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Village Board discusses flooding; residents, businesses asked to report damages by Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:08 p.m. CDT

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GLEN ELLYN – After the village of Glen Ellyn received more than 6 inches of rain beginning April 17, most flood recovery efforts wrapped up last week, village officials said.

On April 18, 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. April 18, according to a village newsletter. Flooding near the lakes and other detention areas continued to recede the next day, said Kristen Schrader, assistant to the village manager.

More than 500 Glen Ellyn residents were without electricity at about 5:30 p.m. April 18, Schrader said. As of early April 19, that number had decreased to about 15.

During the Glen Ellyn Village Board's workshop Monday, Village President Mark Pfefferman expressed his sympathy for those in the village affected by the storm and subsequent flooding last week.

"We want to express our sincere thoughts to all those impacted negatively by the storm," Pfefferman said. "Glen Ellyn, as you know, was hit pretty hard."

Representatives of the Public Works and Police departments spoke during the workshop, as did village engineer Bob Minix, Chief Jim Bodony of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company and Matt Pekarek, general manager of the Village Links of Glen Ellyn.

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.

No injuries were reported as a result of the flooding throughout the village, said Julius Hansen, public works director.

In addition to causing flooding at nearby residences, the overflow from Lake Ellyn damaged the outlet channel on the east side of Riford Road, Minix said. This channel is the endpoint for the storm sewer system in that area that includes discharges from Lake Ellyn. Erosion caused about a 20-foot section of the channel's retaining wall to topple, he said.

Other stormwaters were managed by the Village Links stormwater detention system, according to a village newsletter. Water flowed into the golf course from about 20 stormpipes in the area surrounding the course, Pekarek said.

About 50 million gallons of water flooded 70 acres of the golf course, he said. By Saturday morning, the course was reopened for play.

Sand and bags for residents to create their own sandbags were made available April 18 in the Montclair Avenue parking lot. About 600 bags were picked up, Hansen said.

Several local high school students volunteered to fill bags for residents, Schrader said. Volunteers included residents Emily Mosher, Kieran McWeary, Michael Sagoto, Alex Ruckstaetter, Jackson Cleaver and Aaron and Codey Williams, according to a village newsletter.

Residents in the Valley View subdivision at Route 53 and Butterfield Road in unincorporated DuPage County near Glen Ellyn were evacuated from their homes April 18 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.

Regular yard waste collection is delayed this week to accommodate special collections of flood-damaged items by Allied Waste collection, with no sticker necessary. Yard waste collection will resume next week.

The village is working with the DuPage County Office of Emergency Management to determine if it is eligible for disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, village officials said. Residents should document any losses related to the flood with photos and receipts.

In order to help the village to be as accurate as possible when assessing damages to report to DuPage County, residents were asked to submit basic loss information to stormdamage@glenellyninfo.org using a form available at www.glenellyn.org by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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