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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Mayor Pruyn Addresses Stormwater Concerns

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Fellow Citizens,
For the third year in a row, Itasca has experienced record rainfall totals – and May isn’t over yet. As a result, Springbrook Creek overflowed its banks and countless homeowners experienced flooding in rear yards and basements.

I’ve heard from many of you who feel frustrated and defeated by a problem that you cannot solve on your own.

As Mayor, I share your frustration.  Over the last two-plus decades, the Village has made tens of millions of dollars in improvements to our sewer systems – expanding underground pipes and increasing capacity in detention facilities.  Beginning in 2018, the Village Board also took the unprecedented step to authorize a contracted engineering firm to provide property owners an analysis of stormwater issues complete with recommendations for steps homeowners could take to lessen the risk of property damage due to excessive stormwater.

 

Despite our best efforts, Itasca was underwater once again this past week.  

 

That’s because Itasca can only do so much on its own. The success of our stormwater efforts hinge on DuPage County’s ability to manage stormwater flow in Salt Creek and Springbrook Creek.

 

For more than two decades, Itasca’s leaders have been advocating with DuPage County for better stormwater management.  We have offered various solutions, which the county and its consultants, deemed to be unviable. We have pleaded for them to reassess how they operate the Wood Dale Itasca Reservoir, which routinely has excess capacity while Itasca streets are flooded out.

 

Over the past week, I have been in contact with all our District 1 DuPage County elected officials, plus the DuPage County Stormwater Committee Chairman Jim Zay advocating for our community.

 

My message is simple and clear – this is an unacceptable situation. There are no unsolvable problems, only the unwillingness to solve them.

 

As a Village, we stand ready and willing to consider any and all options for keeping Springbrook Creek from overflowing its banks and causing wide-spread flooding in town.  Unfortunately, all our efforts may be for naught unless DuPage County steps up and does its part. 

 

If you are interested in helping us advocate for Itasca with DuPage County, please email me at mayor@itasca.com and let us know how local flooding has impacted you.  

 

You can also contact YOUR county officials directly at:

 

Jim Zay
Stormwater Committee Chairman
jzay@dupageco.org
630-876-8601

 

Donald Puchalski
District 1 Representative
dpuchalski@dupageco.org
312-804-2978

 

Ashley Selmon
District 1 Representative
ashley.selmon@dupageco.org
(630) 407-6023

 

Sam Tornatore
District 1 Representative
sam.tornatore@dupageco.org
630-539-7100

 

In the coming days, our staff will meet with DuPage County’s new Director of Stormwater Management.  We are hopeful that working together, we can identify solutions that will provide much needed relief for property owners in the years to come.  

 

In the meantime, Itasca will continue to work with homeowners to identify ways to protect homes from rising water when the storms do come.  If you would like to have an assessment performed at your property, call Public Works at 630-773-2455 to set up an appointment.

 

Sincerely,
Mayor Jeff Pruyn

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