Wheaton City Council approves $190,000 flood prevention study in Briarcliffe neighborhood

WHEATON – One area among those hit the hardest during April's storms will soon be the subject of a city-sponsored study attempting to limit future flooding.

The nearly $190,000 study was unanimously approved during a Sept. 16 meeting of the Wheaton City Council.

The study will determine the existing level of flood protection for the Briarcliffe subdvision and identify any alternate measures that could be taken to protect the properties in the neighborhood, Wheaton Director of Engineering Paul Redman said at a previous council planning meeting.

Several properties were flooded along Brentwood Lane east of Briarcliffe Boulevard near the College of DuPage, after the water levels rose above the berm at Briarcliffe Lake 4.

The study will also be conducted in order to prepare a State of Illinois Dam Safety Permit for the Lake 4 berm around the property, which was overrun with excess stormwater during the flood.

The permitting process includes determining who will be responsible for dam and lake maintenance. City Manager Don Rose said that the College of DuPage and the local homeowner's association will likely take some responsibility for stormwater system maintenance, but to what degree is still uncertain.

John Goblet, a resident of the neighborhood, spoke to the council during public comment, asking for "a dialogue with the council and mayor" about the his area's flooding issues.

"We'd really like to be a part of a solution for the community," he said. "I'm really here just to ask you to spend some time with us, whether it's a formal meeting like this or individually, to take the time to understand our stories and how willing we are to participate with you to come up with a great solution for the rest of the community."