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Westchester to reimburse residents for flood-proofing projects

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:03 p.m. CDT

WESTCHESTER – A new flood-proofing assistance program is designed to help residents in a village that has experienced two 100-year floods in the past three years.

The program, approved by the Village Board at its meeting Tuesday, will offer up to $1,500 to residents who have plumbing work done to prevent sewage from flowing into their house when the village's sewer system is full, which occurred during heavy rains this April and in 2010.

The village will cover 50 percent of costs up to $1,500 for three types of plumbing revisions: an overhead sewer, an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve and a lift station system with an inside or outside underground vault. Permit fees will also be waived.

Residents must submit a quote from a contractor for their projects. If a project meets the program's criteria, the village will conduct a building inspection before choosing the lowest quote given to the homeowner. 

The program is retroactive to the April 18 flooding, meaning projects aimed at recovering from that flood will be considered.

"We definitely are committed to do something to help the residents," Village Manager Janet Matthys said. 

The first step for interested residents is establishing an intent to participate in the program, which can be made in writing or by calling Community Development Director Melissa Headley at 708-345-0199. 

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