Construction is currently underway on two additional stormwater infrastructure improvement projects aimed to reduce overland flooding. These projects will assist 121 homeowners in the southwest side of the City; which has been the largest area affected by overland flooding over the last decade. The City has completed 9 projects between 2015-2017 throughout the City and with these two current projects the City will have spent over $25M in construction costs to help over 350 homes.
The 2018 stormwater construction includes the Southwest Elmhurst Stormwater Mitigation Project (SESMP)–Phase I and Phase II projects. The Phase I project already started and includes the installation of new relief storm sewers along Jackson Street, Prospect Avenue, Parkside Avenue, Bryan Street, and Harrison Street to a proposed 17-20 acre-foot detention basin to be constructed on the City owned property located south of Butterfield Road. Phase II of the project is also underway at the City-owned property at 250 W. Jackson (property purchased from Christ United Church). This project involves the creation of a new detention basin that will have 11 ac-ft of storage capacity to relieve overland flooding that occurs in this area. During 100-year rain events this additional volume created with the 2 projects will collectively remove 90 homes from structural overland inundation and will provide up to 1.2 ft of flood reduction benefits in portions of the City’s southwest side. Visit elmhurststormwaterplan.org for more information.