The Village does have a Storm Debris Management Policy in place. The policy is designed to facilitate and coordinate the removal, collection, and disposal of debris following a severe and large-scale weather disaster. While damaging storms with high winds or flooding are a general hazard for the area, the criteria to trigger a formal response requires a severe impact of weather conditions in a generalized location throughout significant portions of Lombard.
Predetermined thresholds must be met or surpassed before a response plan is triggered. Recent storms, although sadly damaging to some homes, did not reach the minimum threshold in which a localized response can be implemented.
A Localized Response would require:
- Rainfall in excess of a 50-year storm (as defined by 6.46” over 24 hours, 5.95” over 18 hours, or 5.62” over 12 hours) is received in Lombard as measured on the Public Works Department range gauge AND more than 50 but less than 200 homes have debris consisting of building material, personal property, and landscape debris. In this case, the debris management policy will be initiated for residents.
- When storm damage to trees and bushes is realized by more than 50, but less than 200 homes, the property owners must dispose of material in accordance with the Village’s Refuse Contract.
- Wind speed at ground level in excess of 50 miles per hour as measured at Glenbard East High School AND more than 50 but less than 200 homes have debris consisting of broken limbs, downed trees or bushes.
A large scale, Village-wide Response would require all of the above conditions, with a direct impact on more than 200 homes. In the rare occurrence that a Localized or Village-wide Response is enacted:
- Tree limbs and bushes may be placed on the parkway to be collected and disposed of by Village of Lombard crews, or by contractors hired by the Village.
- Material collection would begin within 72 hours from the end of the storm event. Material placed out after 72 hours would require stickers.
- The Village would provide dumpsters in each affected Trustee District, based upon need.