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Flooding fix could start this week for two Sugar Grove subdivisions

Updated: September 13, 2012 6:13AM

SUGAR GROVE — After more than two years of planning, a long-delayed flooding fix for two Sugar Grove subdivisions is about to begin.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said Thursday work on the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project could start next week.

“As with any construction project, it depends on equipment availability,” Eichelberger said.

Contractors are also giving farmers the opportunity to remove crops themselves before the work begins on the land.

North Aurora-based Neslund & Associates has contracted with the village to complete the project.

About two dozen homes in the Mallard Point subdivision at Route 47 and Prairie Street were plagued by flooding and constantly running — or replacing — sump pumps for years. And the ground was too wet to plant on troubled farmers that neighbored the subdivision.

Work will begin at the south end near Jericho Road and progress north to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage area, according to Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath.

About 8,800 feet of pipe will be installed, and dewatering and detention pond work near Mallard Park will also be done.

“The majority of the work will be completed within easements on open land granted by private land owners,” Galbreath said.

Galbreath said water will first move through the new pipe about 45 days after the project starts. The project is expected to be mostly completed in 150 to 180 days.

The village has secured a needed permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have completed a required survey of the land to ensure construction wouldn’t disturb native plants.

In May, a Kane County judge approved a plan for residents of the subdivisions to pay for about half of the $2.2 million projects’ cost.

The village will pay for $1.034 million of the project; Kane County will contribute $171,000; and residents will pay $1.05 million over 20 years.

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