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Westchester officials seek to clear up flooding questions

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 3:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:08 p.m. CDT

WESTCHESTER – A town hall meeting intended to answer questions about recent flooding will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at St. Joseph High School, 10900 Cermak Rd.

Cook County officials, along with representatives of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), will join village staff to clear up questions related to the April 18 flooding.

Village Manager Janet Matthys said some residents have been confused about who is responsible when flooding occurs. The village can't do much other than trying to prevent its reservoir from overfilling and keeping residents safe, Matthys said.

One of the most common questions the village receives is why residents experienced flooding after the rain had stopped. In short, once towns upstream start turning on their pumps, the water flows downstream, affecting nearby towns, Matthys said.

Clean-up kits from the Salvation Army containing things like bleach, mops and gloves will be available at the meeting.

"It may seem a little late, but there's a lot of clean up still to be done," Matthys said.

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