Stormwater Management Operating Flood Control Facilities Saturday
County Stormwater Management is currently operating the Elmhurst Quarry Flood
Control, Wood Dale-Itasca Reservoir (Wood Dale) and Spring Creek Reservoir
(Bloomingdale) on Salt Creek and the Armstrong Park Reservoirs (Carol Stream)
on the West Branch DuPage River following precipitation throughout the area
Portions of DuPage County received between
2.2 and 4.6 inches of rainfall from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning.
Intense rainfall Saturday morning triggered the operation of four of the five
of the County’s major flood control facilities. Fawell Dam (Naperville) on the West
Branch DuPage River is not at operational elevation, but it is anticipated later
Saturday afternoon. In addition, all the County’s gravity operated facilities are
in operation. DuPage County Stormwater Management staff will continue to
operate the flood control facilities and monitor stream elevations throughout the
weekend as an additional 0.75 to 1.25 inches of rainfall is forecasted through
Of the 17 flood control facilities DuPage County
operates, five larger facilities have mechanical equipment allowing staff to
control them according to a predetermined operating plan. The remaining
facilities protect the surrounding areas from flooding without human
intervention using fixed weirs and natural drainage systems. In total, the
facilities have a floodwater storage capacity of nearly six billion gallons.
Local agencies and residents may visit http://ec.dupageco.org/dec/stormwater/watershed/index.html for more information about flood control
facilities throughout the County, as well as to view rain and stream gages,
forecasts and real-time pictures.
Date Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2021