DuPage Flood Meeting

Dupage County residents recently met to discuss the allocation of an additional $18.9 million in funds for the flood of April 2013.

This money, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is in addition to the $7 million aid already in place.

“It’s great that the federal government came up with this money, it’s going to help a lot of people in DuPage County and hopefully prevent some flooding in local neighborhoods,” said Jim Zay, the DuPage County Board Storm Water Chairman.

The county’s proposed action plan includes $4.5 million to purchase homes in flood prone areas and $1.5 million for municipal activities.

County residents had the chance to voice their opinions, bringing up concerns about everything from overflowing streets and basement flooding to structural damage and levy breeches.

The County must submit their plan by October 7, and anticipates the funds to arrive by March of 2014. County officials also say that the government may be adding another $5.2 million into the flood aid.

Residents may still leave public comments by calling 630-407-6706 or at www.dupageco.org through Wednesday September 10.

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