Heavy rain is on its way to Chicagoland. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has issued an Overflow Action Alert, encouraging community members to conserve water now to reduce the amount of water in your municipal sewers:
- Delay showers and baths
- Flush less frequently
- Wait to run the dishwasher or washing machine
Flooding and sewer backups can happen for a variety of reasons, ranging from conveyance of water flow in local pipes, the groundwater table, undersized drainage designs and roof loads, and sump pumps attached to house lines. To help prevent flooding inside or around your home, there are actions you and your family can take before and during rainfall. Learn more about how to prepare for stormwater.
FAQ: Why does my street flood?
The Village uses the street for storm water storage. Restrictors are placed in the storm drains to slow the flow of water into the main sewer. This is done to help prevent the sewers from completely filling, which leads to basement backups. The street ponding level was designed based on the topography and sewer infrastructure of the area. The ponded storm water is intended to stay within the Village right of way for up to four hours after the rain subsides.