Hinsdale wary of severe weather warning, but 'so far so good'

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 2:53 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – A combination of steady rain, rising temperatures and an already high accumulation of snow has created the perfect set-up for potential flooding and weather related issues in the southwest suburbs.

But the Hinsdale Police Department said it's “so far so good” in the area as no major problems have yet to occur Thursday morning.

Neighboring villages, including Burr Ridge and Darien, are also reporting no problems.

“We spent the last couple days clearing inlets and drainage routes, so at this moment we're not experiencing any issues,” said Paul May, director of Burr Ridge Public Works.

When severe weather is expected, May said the village reviews all the low lying areas, land adjacent to the flood plain and any dips in the roadway where the storm sewers may be blocked by snow.

“We dig them out so the drainage system is exposed and can function properly,” he said.

Dan Gombac, community development director for the city of Darien, said as of Thursday morning there were no power outages or flooding concerns in the city as maintenance crews have been “very diligent” in prepping to make sure inlets are open.

“Provided this weather stays the way it is we shouldn't have any problems,” Gombac said.

Willowbrook Village Administrator Tim Halik said the village took several steps within the last few days in preparation for Thursday's storm, and said like other areas, it's "so far, so good" for Willowbrook.

Halik said within the last 72 hours, crews cleared all storm sewer curb inlets that were blocked by snow and ice. He added that inspections of drainage facilities remains an ongoing process.

Right now, the concern is the dropping temperatures and potential re-freezing conditions, according to Halik.

"The forecasted low temps tonight and continuing into next week will re-freeze the partial thaw we’ve experienced over the last several days in addition to today’s rainfall," Halik said in an email. "That has the potential to be very problematic for us, so we’re watching conditions and various locations closely."

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon with wind gusts as high as 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the village of Hinsdale's website, public crews have been working to clear snow and ice from as many sewer inlets as possible to allow runoff to drain into the sewer system.

The Hinsdale Police Department will continue to send regular updates throughout the day on its Facebook page and on Twitter (@HinsdalePolice).

The department is advising residents to call 630-789-7030 or 630-789-7070 to report any flooded streets.

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