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Help may be on the way for flood-prone homes

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:49 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Community officials are seeking assistance from a local engineering and architecture firm to assess the causes of residential basement flooding and prevent future damage.

At the June 11 Bolingbrook Village Board meeting, Mayor Roger Claar and trustees accepted a motion to approve a proposal from Knight Engineers and Architects Inc. to inspect homes and the area surrounding Chick Evans Street and Player Court, Claar said.

Five residential properties along Chick Evans Street – which are adjacent to the east side of the Augusta Village Detention Basin – experience recurring basement flooding because of excessive groundwater, Claar said.

Similarly, residents at nearby Player Court – which also borders a detention basin – have reported multiple flooding incidents, he said.

“These homeowners have experienced recurring basement flooding due to excessive groundwater,” Claar said, addressing the board. “Their sump pumps become overwhelmed by the rate of water flowing in, the pumps back up, then the water rises above the top of the sump pit.”

In addition to the flooded basements, the pump backups also cause the sewers to overflow, Claar said.

Bolingbrook has investigated this issue before.

From November 2011 to May 2012, the village enacted a ground water study near residences along Chick Evans Street. The collected data showed that the detention ponds surcharge the surrounding area, elevating the groundwater during flash floods and periods of excessive rain.

Taking the previous study into consideration, Knight plans to assess each residence on a case-by-case basis, according to the firm’s proposal to the Bolingbrook Village Board. Knight will install monitoring wells near the detention pond, then intermittently inspect the water impact at the residences.

The company will prepare a remediation report and present it to the Bolingbrook Village Board within 45 days.

The study will cost the village $13,200.

For information about flooding and how to apply for federal assistance, visit bolingbrook.com.

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