Hinsdale neighbors mad about flooding

November 16, 2013
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BY KIMBERLY FORNEK | [email protected]

May 14, 2013 3:28PM

Residents along Madison Street in north Hinsdale, including Patricia Fernandez (center) and Nicolette Pollard (far right) ask village officials how they plan to reduce flooding in their neighborhood.


Updated: May 14, 2013 5:00PM

HINSDALE — Hinsdale homeowners along North Madison Street went to Memorial Hall Monday for solutions to their flooding problems.

They did not hear any.

Madison from south of Ogden Avenue to North Street is a low point where stormwater naturally collects.

Nicolette Pollard, who lives on Warren Court, a cul-de-sac just south of Ogden, said heavy rain through the night of April 17 flooded her basement more than 4 feet deep by morning.

Her driveway slopes downward to her garage causing the stormwater to flow and collect there.

“My driveway and my home became the detention basin,” Pollard said.

The Pollards suffered nearly $194,000 in damages, including two cars, two furnaces, custom-built cabinetry, a washer, dryer and a refrigerator. Their insurance will not cover all their losses.

Paul Krug, who lives on the 400 block of North Madison, said 15 cars have been ruined by a pond on Madison since 2005.

He has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years and blames the village for allowing developers to build on property without providing adequate stormwater detention. He said a 15-inch pipe in the neighborhood is inadequate to drain.

The residents brought their own ideas to reduce flooding. They included: Deepen neighborhood retention basins, install pumps to drain the basins, install larger underground pipes, plant water-absorbent vegetation along Madison, and put rain barrels on the homes’ downspouts.

North Madison is drained by a 15-inch pipe installed in 1975, Deeter said. The slope of the pipe is slight which means the velocity of the water through the pipe is slow.

“This was designed to have ponding on North Madison,” Deeter said.

Rain gardens and rain barrels would have decreased the depth of the standing water by less than an inch during the April 17-18 storms, Deeter said.

The detention basins Pollard suggested be deepened or pumped out, are on private property and not controlled by the village.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle the village faces is finding a place to move the water, Deeter said. DuPage County regulations don’t allow towns to impose flooding problems on their neighbors.

“We need solutions, not the five reasons of what can’t be done,” said Allen Hamood, who lives on North Madison. “So what are you going to do?”

Public Works Director George Franco said the village would clear the stormwater pipe more frequently of debris and landscaping material. But when Franco admitted the pipe had been cleared two days before the April 18 storm, that offer was not very promising.

The village also will use a camera to inspect the condition of the 38-year-old pipe.

Village Trustee Laura LaPlaca proposed the homeowners delegate one or two residents who will meet with village officials and staff to work on the problem.

Originally posted 2013-05-15 04:07:21.

Article source: http://hinsdale.suntimes.com/news/20104431-418/hinsdale-neighbors-mad-about-flooding.html

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