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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
DuPage Officials Host Ribbon Cutting For Flood Control Improvement Project
DuPage County Stormwater Management, the Village of Carol Stream and the Carol Stream Park District hosted a news conference and ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of a $12.5 million flood control project along Klein Creek in Carol Stream.
“The Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project is a premier example of government cooperation and collaboration,” said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. He continued, “This type of partnership is essential as we address significant flooding and water quality issues throughout the County.”
In order to alleviate flooding in the area, DuPage County constructed a two-reservoir system that operates when water elevations in the adjacent Klein Creek rise. Reservoir One takes in water directly from Klein Creek and upon reaching a specific elevation, water is pumped into Reservoir Two-a much larger storage reservoir. This system helps to divert floodwaters from the majority of the nearby Armstrong Park neighborhood.
“This dual-reservoir system can hold up to 37 million gallons of floodwater, which reduces flooding for 60 properties in the surrounding neighborhood,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Additionally, the County designed the project to provide multiple benefits for local communities, including more than a mile of new walking and bike paths. In fact, Jay Stream Middle School already took advantage of these new paths during a recent walk-a-thon hosted by the school.”
Planning for the multi-million dollar project began in 2008 following historic floods in the area. The resulting damage prompted the Village of Carol Stream to approach the County for solutions to minimize the effects of repetitive flooding along Klein Creek.
“Several years ago, the Village recognized that a major intervention was needed to protect our residents and we asked the County and Park District to collaborate as we worked to reduce the effects of chronic flooding,” explained Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino. He continued, “This project was made possible because of cooperation among these agencies. Our village is very grateful.”
The project, constructed in Carol Stream Park District's Armstrong Park, also uses native vegetation to help improve the quality of the floodwater before it is discharged into the Klein Creek following a flood event.
“As a proprietor of open space, we are so thrilled that this project can serve many purposes from flood control to recreation to environmental benefits,” said Carol Stream Park District President Jackie Jeffery. “These features really complement the ancillary improvements that the Park District made during the project construction, and we are excited for local residents to be able to take advantage of the new and improved Armstrong Park.”
Following the ceremony, DuPage County Stormwater Management staff led a tour of the project to explain its flood control and water quality features.