La Grange Park targets flooding issues with state grant
LA GRANGE PARK – A $416,500 state grant will allow the village to reimburse residents for disconnecting gutter downspouts from the sewer system, decreasing the amount of chemicals that flow into Salt Creek after floods.
With the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant, issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the village will be able to reimburse residents who spend more than $50 to disconnect their homes' downspouts from the sewer system. When the grant takes effect, likely next spring, the Village Board will pass an ordinance requiring all residents to do so, Public Works Director Brendan McLaughlin said.
"The intent of the grant is to reduce the chemicals that come from rooftops that would wind up in Salt Creek during flooding situations," he said. "It has the second benefit that it reduces the amount of flow into the sewer."
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