Contact Information: Mary Mitros 630-407-6706
Monday, June 15, 2015
DuPage County Stormwater Management Operating Flood Control Facilities Monday
DuPage County Stormwater Management is currently operating the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control and Spring Creek Reservoir (Bloomingdale) both located on Salt Creek along with Fawell Dam (Naperville) located on the West Branch DuPage River following precipitation throughout the area beginning late Sunday through Monday evening.
Portions of DuPage County received up to 3 inches of rainfall through early Monday evening with another half an inch of rain forecasted through midnight. In addition to operation of three of the four major flood control facilities, all of the County's 12 gravity operated facilities are operating.
DuPage County Stormwater Management staff will monitor stream elevations throughout the night and provide updates as they become available. Please be advised the area is under a flash flood watch through late this evening.
Of the 16 flood control facilities DuPage County operates, four 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.
Local agencies 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.