Naperville experienced more than 6 inches of rainfall during the week of April 18, 2013 which caused major flooding throughout the area; enough for Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn to declare a state of emergency.
The damage cost the city $800,000 in recovery efforts.
“It’s a devastating event to have a flood happen like that, but it was unlike any other we were used to because the Fawell Dam was deployed for the first time so we couldn’t really predict how the water would make its way into Naperville,” said City Communications Manager, Linda LaCloche. “This flood actually educated us and made us more prepared for future events.”
In the aftermath of the flood, council unanimously allocated $110,000 for flood-related engineering, re-examining the 95th street Gabion Dam, which was damaged in the April flood, along with other flood-prone areas, as well as taking new preventative measures.
“One of the programs we instituted is the sanitary sewer back flow program. So it allows households or businesses to install a small device to assist in stopping a back flow from happening if there were to be another flood,” said LaCloche.
The city hopes this will alleviate flooding in homes, businesses and city streets. The city had 157 confirmed sewer backups after the flood, including many homes in the particularly hard hit Cress Creek subdivision.
“Another part of our action plan is installing sanitary sewer lining in the Cress Creek neighborhood, they were hit especially hard with this storm in April,” said LaCloche. “We were actually supposed to start that in fiscal year 2015 but council moved that up to happen in January 2014.”
City officials believe the new Naper Notify program will also help keep residents informed during future emergencies.
WANT MORE LOCAL NEWS?
Get daily news headlines delivered to your inbox!Sign Up Today!