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Northern Lombard received 3.59" of rainfall and the southern end of Lombard received 7.07” during a rain event that took place during the weekend of October 14-15.
These totals are equivalent to flooding a football field 250 yards deep, the height of a 60 story building. With this amount of rain some flooding is inevitable. Lombard Public Works employees worked overnight throughout the storm to monitor pumps and clear leaves from inlets. The Village thanks residents that also did their part by clearing inlets near their homes.
If you experienced a basement backup, consider taking advantage of the Village’s Overhead Sewer Grant Program. Installing such a system will protect you from future backups, and also the value of your home for future sale. Information on this program, as well as the Backyard Drainage Grant Program, is at http://www.villageoflombard.org/272/Grant-Programs. Information on sewer backups, including the procedure for possible rodding reimbursement if due to a blockage in the public right-of-way, is at http://www.villageoflombard.org/documentcenter/view/656.
Thankfully, there were no large power outages so basement sump pumps remained operable. Even so, all residents should consider installing a battery backup sump pump system to protect their homes during power outages or a primary pump fail.
Lombard's Infrastructure Improvements Minimize Flooding
Major improvements to Lombard's storm water system over the past six years helped to keep flooding to a minimum. These improvements include:
Information on the Village’s sewers is available at villageoflombard.org/Sewer. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630)620-5740 if we may be of assistance.