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Fellow Citizens,For the third year in a row, Itasca has experienced record rainfall totals – and May isn’t over yet. As a result, Springbrook Creek overflowed its banks and countless homeowners experienced flooding in rear yards and basements.
I’ve heard from many of you who feel frustrated and defeated by a problem that you cannot solve on your own.
As Mayor, I share your frustration. Over the last
two-plus decades, the Village has made tens of millions of dollars in
improvements to our sewer systems – expanding underground pipes and increasing
capacity in detention facilities. Beginning in 2018, the Village Board
also took the unprecedented step to authorize a contracted engineering firm to
provide property owners an analysis of stormwater issues complete with
recommendations for steps homeowners could take to lessen the risk of property
damage due to excessive stormwater.
Despite our best efforts, Itasca was underwater once again
this past week.
That’s because Itasca can only do so much on its own. The success of our stormwater efforts hinge on DuPage County’s ability to manage stormwater flow in Salt Creek and Springbrook Creek.
For more than two decades, Itasca’s leaders have been
advocating with DuPage County for better stormwater management. We have
offered various solutions, which the county and its consultants, deemed to be
unviable. We have pleaded for them to reassess how they operate the Wood Dale
Itasca Reservoir, which routinely has excess capacity while Itasca streets are
Over the past week, I have been in contact with all our
District 1 DuPage County elected officials, plus the DuPage County Stormwater
Committee Chairman Jim Zay advocating for our community.
My message is simple and clear – this is an unacceptable
situation. There are no unsolvable problems, only the unwillingness to solve
As a Village, we stand ready and willing to consider any and
all options for keeping Springbrook Creek from overflowing its banks and
causing wide-spread flooding in town. Unfortunately, all our efforts may
be for naught unless DuPage County steps up and does its part.
If you are interested in helping us advocate for Itasca with
DuPage County, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know how local flooding has impacted you.
You can also contact YOUR county officials directly at:
Jim ZayStormwater Committee Chairmanjzay@dupageco.org630-876-8601
Donald PuchalskiDistrict 1 Representativedpuchalski@dupageco.org312-804-2978
Ashley SelmonDistrict 1 Representativeashley.email@example.com(630) 407-6023
Sam TornatoreDistrict 1 Representativesam.firstname.lastname@example.org
In the coming days, our staff will meet with DuPage County’s
new Director of Stormwater Management. We are hopeful that working
together, we can identify solutions that will provide much needed relief for
property owners in the years to come.
In the meantime, Itasca will continue to work with homeowners
to identify ways to protect homes from rising water when the storms do
come. If you would like to have an assessment performed at your property,
call Public Works at 630-773-2455 to set up an appointment.
Sincerely,Mayor Jeff Pruyn