Standing Water Following Record Rainfall

Do you have standing water in your yard? Is your sump pump constantly running? Last month was the wettest May on record in Chicago since 1871 with 8.25 inches at O’Hare. This record rainfall has saturated the storm water system which includes detention ponds, farm fields, ditches, yards, some streets, etc. During a typical rainfall event, water will flow through storm sewers located underneath streets or in roadside ditches to a drainage channel. When the capacity of the storm sewers or roadside ditches is exceeded, detention ponds, fields, etc. will hold the water until the storm sewer or roadside ditch has additional room to drain the water. Until the weather clears allowing time for the system to dry out, standing water will remain in places within the Village.

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