Bower Elementary School in Warrenville overcomes flooding problems
WARRENVILLE – When heavy rains struck the western suburbs more than four years ago, Mark Kohlmann saw a good portion of Bower Elementary School submerged in water.
The newer part of the school was built higher than the original building in 1986, so it was spared the flooding, Kohlmann said. But the older sections of the school sustained considerable damage once the West Branch DuPage River breached the berm, he said.
“On Sept. 15, 2008, we got hit with the rains from Hurricane Ike,” said Kohlmann, principal of Bower Elementary School in Warrenville. “We had a berm around the school, and we've never been flooded. But the flood of 2008 came about half a foot above the berm, so the older part of the school got about a foot-and-a-half of water.
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