Saturday, October 14, 2017
DuPage County Stormwater Management Operating Flood Control Facilities Saturday
Stormwater Management is currently operating the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control
and Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale) on Salt Creek following precipitation
throughout the area beginning early Saturday.
received rainfall totals ranging from 2.5 inches to up to 5 inches throughout
the day Saturday. The National Weather Service is forecasting an additional 1.5
to 2.5 inches of rainfall through early Sunday. The rainfall triggered
operation of the Elmhurst Quarry and Spring Creek Reservoir, as well as several
of the County’s smaller gravity-operated facilities. Flood forecasts indicate the
remaining larger facilities, including the Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir,
Armstrong Park Reservoirs (Carol Stream) and Fawell Dam (Naperville), will go
into operation later Saturday.
Stormwater Management staff will continue to monitor stream elevations
throughout the event and provide updates as they become available. Be advised
that this precipitation may also cause localized and flash flooding, especially
in low-lying areas.
Of the 16 flood
control facilities DuPage County operates, five larger facilities have
mechanical equipment allowing staff to control them according to a
predetermined operating plan. The remaining facilities protect the surrounding
areas from flooding without human intervention using fixed weirs and natural
drainage systems. In total, the facilities have a floodwater storage capacity
of nearly four billion gallons.
and residents may visit http://ec.dupageco.org/dec/stormwater/watershed/index.html
for more information about flood control facilities throughout the County, as
well as to view rain and stream gages, forecasts and real-time pictures.