Flooding - Open Thread

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By Sharon Daly

Vent, weep, scream bloody murder, thank your lucky stars this one missed your home. All are welcome. And can you veterans remind us the smart way to disinfect the basement after sewer backup? 

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Ask Commissioner Hosty  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 8:59 AM

Here is the link to the April 8 village council agenda where Hosty gets a new alley this year. http://forestpark.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=57

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 7:26 AM

How does the village prioritize which alleys to replace - anyone know the process? Lately it seems federal grant money guides the process, i.e. the 'green' alley.

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: April 20th, 2013 12:01 AM

Have good insurance, first and foremost. It helped us big time in 2008. Next, ask the clowns who've controlled this village's government the past 15 years, WHY, season after season, spring and fall, one incident after another, they've done next to NOTHING to even begin to address this problem, despite numerous, devastating flooding incidents. Except to lamely blame the MWRD and support the absurd contention from our recently elected hack State Rep that suing MWRD is somehow anyway a solution.

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:35 PM

youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9H6fH4fZjs&feature=youtu.be

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 10:34 PM

youtube from 500 elgin/marengo alley via Kathy Kucia. The all-or-nothing stance the village offers us is a false choice. The only possible solution to our failing sewers is a federal grant of $100M, or nothing? C'mon. There is very little progress made on this earth that wasn't...incremental. Other villages/cities have plans - short, mid and long term plans. We doubt any of them are perfect, none will solve every problem, none are the be-all end-all miracle, but they do offer progress. Flooding and sewer system needs a top slop in the new Comprehensive Plan.


Posted: April 18th, 2013 7:25 PM

But sharon, it's more important for Hosty's alley to get replaced. Didn't the mayor's sewers get a looksie since flooding too? Sorry you got water. So did we :(

Flood free for now from Forest Park  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 7:07 PM

I count myself among the lucky- I live on the Mayor's block. We'd had seepage before but not this time. A number of neighbors of mine not so lucky. I was going up Thatcher and by Washington I saw sand bags o'plenty in River Forest this afternoon. Those not so lucky, my condolences.

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 6:50 PM

529 Elgin owner has something to say and will post video later. (hope cut/paste works in this format(?) To the Mayor , all Commissioners and Village Manager, I live on the 500 block of Elgin Avenue. My basement has 6 inches of water in it once again. I will get straight to the point and I will be as direct as possible! IT IS TIME TO FIX THE ALLEY! Water is pouring onto my property from the alley. The street is dry! The T part of the alley is dry! You can come and look at it right now as see for yourself! The stem part of the alley is like a lake and it is draining onto my property and onto my neighbors properties causing flooding in our basements. This has been happening again and again and it is time to solve the problem! It doesn't take a genius or multiple studies to figure it out! Just go out and look and see what the directional flow of the water is! It is flowing from the alley onto my property and onto my neighbor's properties. I see alley after alley being fixed and ours is being passed over. Maybe our alley does not have as many cracks in it (and there are plenty of those) but it is causing greater damage to property than a bumpy ride down the alley! It is causing flooding! Cracks are not the only problem or reason for repaving an alley! I understand that flooding is due to a combination of factors that include sewer issues, varying land gradation and alleys. The village can address the alleys by repaving to pitch the water towards the middle and drain towards the end of the alley to the sewers. As I pointed out, the streets are dry while our lots are flooded. The sewers are working to some degree. This is a village of problem solvers. Ignoring the problem and being indifferent and ineffective is not an acceptable solution to this ongoing problem. Kathy Kucia 529 Elgin Avenue

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 6:14 PM

Flooding Open Thread. 500 Elgin/Marengo alley is a severe mess, wrongly diverting water into folks' yards & basements. How's everyone else doing?

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