Flooding: One Year Later

One year ago, Naperville experienced some of the most intense flooding in years. It was enough for Governor Pat Quinn to declare a state of emergency and ultimately cost the city about $800,000 in damages.

The river is now back to its normal height, but that doesn’t mean it can’t flood again, so the city is reminding residents to take precautions.

“Make sure the gutters are cleared; make sure that your drains are clear,” said Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the City of Naperville. “Look at those things and make them part of your spring-cleaning or maintenance of your property.”

Last year, the city had 157 confirmed sewer backups after the flood. Now through Community Development Block Grant funding, the city is helping residents pay for modified overhead sewers to help prevent future back-ups.

Any wastewater customer who experiences a sewer backup during a heavy rainstorm can qualify for reimbursement of a sewer backup prevention device up to 75%. One neighborhood particularly hard hit was the Cress Creek subdivision.

“City council chose to move up the sanitary sewer-lining project, in Cress Creek,” said LaCloche. “It’s a $2.4 million project. They wanted to get the lining going and get started with that so they could help a community really affected by the floods.”

Residents also said they wanted better communication from the city in times of distress.

“[Residents] wanted to hear from us in emergencies in a better fashion,” said LaCloche. “So we launched a new mass notification system in November, called Naper Notify.”

Residents can sign-up for the alerts at napernotify.com to get notifications via phone, email, or text message.

Messages include both emergency and community information like brush pick-up or snow plowing.

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