Stormwater Management and Community Unit School District 200 hosted a ribbon cutting
ceremony Thursday to celebrate the completion of a flood control improvement
project at Bower Elementary School (Warrenville).
Management oversaw design and construction of a berm enhancement outside of
Bower to protect the school from flooding of the adjacent West Branch DuPage
River. The improvement to the school’s existing berm follows a flood in 2008
that caused the school to close for a week. When Bower reopened, the students
and staff used only half of the building as the reconstruction of the flooded
portions took place during the next six months of the school year.
to Bower Principal Mark Kohlmann, “While students, staff and parents really
came together after the flood to focus on teaching and learning, as a building
leader, I am so appreciative to know we will likely never have to go through
something like that again.”
Mayor David Brummel applauded the intergovernmental cooperation following the
the 2008 event, DuPage County Stormwater Management, the City of Warrenville,
Community Unit School District 200 and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage
County all worked together to identify and implement solutions to prevent a
reoccurrence,” said Mayor Brummel. “During that time, we saw intergovernmental
cooperation at its best.”
the event, DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee Chairman Jim
Zay, Community Unit School District 200 Superintendent Brian Harris, and Mayor Brummel
all spoke about the flood control improvement project, as well as additional
projects on the West Branch DuPage River.
Bower Elementary School berm enhancement is part of the larger West Branch
DuPage River Flood Mitigation Project aimed at reducing flooding in an area of
Warrenville. The second phase of the project – the West Branch River
Restoration – will provide flood control benefits and restoration to a stretch
of the West Branch DuPage River beginning at Warrenville Road extending through
the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve.
flooding in 2008 prompted Stormwater Management to look for ways to implement
flood control solutions along the West Branch DuPage River in this area of
Warrenville,” said Chairman Zay. “We found we could significantly reduce the
risk of flooding and associated damages for Bower Elementary School and the
surrounding area by improving the existing flood control systems and restoring
portions of the West Branch.”
that the first phase of that project – the successful construction of the berm
at Bower – is complete, I look forward to continued success as we begin the
second phase of the Flood Mitigation Project,” said Zay.
berm was also constructed alongside the thorium removal project on the West
Branch DuPage River. Contractors ensured they excavated all contaminated soil and
replaced it with new soil prior to the beginning of the school year.
ceremony, Stormwater Management provided a demonstration to the 5th
grade students on how the newly constructed berm will protect the school using
a 3D watershed model. A majority of these students attended the school when
flooding forced it to close temporarily four years ago.