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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois


Stormwater Management Releases Residential Flood-Proofing Guidebook

DuPage County Stormwater Management recently released a flood-proofing guidebook intended to help homeowners resolve common localized flooding issues from both underground and overland sources.  

“The catalyst for the development of this guidebook was residential feedback during meetings and events. Time and time again, residents ask us how they can protect themselves from flooding, particularly where large-scale infrastructure interventions are not an option,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay.

Developed in partnership with Bluestem Communications, the guidebook helps homeowners identify the source of their flooding, as well as various ways to combat this flooding. Depending on the type of flooding incurred, solutions range from installing overhead sewer systems to nature-based solutions that homeowners can tackle themselves. The guidebook also includes resources for during and after a flood.

To understand better these flooding issues, DuPage County and Bluestem polled residents who frequently experience varying types flooding on their property. Common issues and concerns were compiled, and experts were then consulted to formulate effective and simple actions homeowners could take to reduce flooding. 

“This guidebook is brief but thorough, making it both convenient and comprehensive for residents,” added Zay. “We’re all in this together, and this another tool to alleviate flooding issues in DuPage County.”

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Date Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2016