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Minimize the potential for flooding from winter rains

Post Date:02/01/2019 12:33 PM

With temperatures warming up after the Chicagoland region’s recent record-breaking cold, snowmelt and rain can lead to flooding.

Frozen ground is unable to absorb water and snow, and run-off immediately flows to the sewers. In addition, ice can block storm drains and streams. As a result, flooding may occur when the sewer system becomes overwhelmed from the combination of rainwater and snowmelt.

Some activities that can help minimize flooding include:

  • Make sure storm drains are clear and not buried under snow drifts.
  • Keep areas around streams free of floatable debris.
  • If your home has a backwater valve installed on the sewer, follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to ensure that it is functioning properly.
  • Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. Check and/or remove sump pump discharge extensions, as these will be susceptible to blockages due to freezing.
  • Keep your gutters clear. When gutters are blocked, water may pour over the edges, inundating the ground next to your home and potentially causing basement flooding.

Questions? Contact Village Engineer Alan Wenderski at 847-252-5802 or via email.

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