Flood cleanup continues in Fox Valley
Beacon-News Staff April 22, 2013 5:54PM
Residents on Aurora's near East Side begin discarding household items ruined in flooded basements.
Updated: May 24, 2013 6:25AM
By Monday, a couple of days of sunshine had begun to dry things out a little around the Fox Valley, but plenty of work remained to be done to clean up after last week’s flooding.
Evidence of the havoc wreaked by last week’s torrential rains could be found heaped along the streets throughout the area. Sodden furniture sat at curbs alongside neatly rolled, saturated carpet and padding, and countless black trash bags stuffed with belongings rendered useless by flood water were piled out by the street.
A main mission now is helping residents complete their cleanup work. To lend a hand, the Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits at its Aurora Corps Community Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The center is at 437 E. Galena Blvd.
North Aurora suffered a number of flooding issues. Over the weekend, Gov. Pat Quinn dropped by the village to take a look at the situation himself.
North Aurora is participating with other communities, counties and the state to conduct an initial damage assessment to determine if federal financial assistance is available. The village is asking that North Aurora residents and businesses call Village Hall to report flooding damage due to the storms.
Village officials said there is no guarantee that federal financial assistance will be made available, but collecting the data is the first step toward determining if the area might be eligible for relief.
Quinn has declared a total of 44 counties state disaster areas including Kane, DuPage and Kendall. The state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from flooding. It came after assessments by emergency officials and the governor, and begins the process of securing federal relief.
The city of Aurora is also asking residents to report any basement flooding they may have experienced during last week’s storm.
Residents can either call the City’s Customer Service Division at 630-256-4636 or visit Aurora’s website at www.aurora-il.org. Residents should then go to the “Quick Links” section at the bottom of the homepage and click on the link labeled “Basement Flooding Survey.”
The city will use the information to determine if there are additional steps that could be taken in order to further minimize flooded basements citywide.
Aurora has invested millions of dollars in sewer improvements in recent years that have reduced basement flooding, city officials said, however, numerous residents did experience sewer backups last week.
In addition, the city offers residents who have experienced sewer backup in the past, rebates on the installation of protective sewer backup prevention devices such as backflow preventers or overhead sewers. This also includes upgrades to existing sewer backup prevention components but does not include routine maintenance of existing systems.
Owners of existing single and multi-family homes may apply for a rebate of 50 percent of the cost of their project up to a maximum of $5,000. Applications and information are downloadable on the City’s website at http://www.aurora-il.org/development_services/publicworks/engineering/forms.php or by calling Customer Service.
Free pickup of carpet, drywall and furniture damaged by the storm continues through Friday. The damaged carpet, furniture and drywall will be pick up on the customer’s regular garbage pickup day and must be placed at the curb any time prior to 6 a.m. on the customer’s regular pickup day.
Carpet must be in rolls no longer than 4 feet in length, weighing a maximum of 50 pounds. Drywall and construction material must be laced in containers or tied with rope.
Sugar Grove officials are also asking residents and businesses who had flooding or received damage related to rain to report it to the village.
A form to report damage can be found on the village website sugar-grove.il.us or contact Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath at 630-466-4507.