Mount Prospect Officials: There Is No ‘Secret Valve’ To Drain Floods

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (CBS) — Some flood-prone residents of Mount Prospect are demanding the village do something about the problem.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, they talked about a purported “secret valve” that makes the water drain at a public meeting last night.

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For Fran Zalewski, this is the second time in three years that water rose in the street, then up the lawn, and then filled the basement with several feet of sewage.

Last time, she says, the village told her nothing could be done.

But then something was.

“We were amazed the speed at which it went down. It just disappeared,” she said, “and a public works truck was coming down the street and I ran out to them and I said, ‘Excuse me, where did all the water go so fast?’ and he told me the EPA had given them approval to open up some storm gates.”

This time, the same thing happened. Again, Zalewski says, the village said it couldn’t do anything. And again, after the flooding, the water went down, just as quickly as the first time it happened three years ago.

The village says there is no secret valve.

“If we did, why would close it and flood our own residents?” said assistant village manager Dave Strahl.

And the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District says opening the locks would have no impact on Mount Prospect.

  • Durrr

    Maybe they can contact Mother Nature and request that not so much rain be dumped at one time.

  • Samuel

    I live on the westside of Chicago, last July I watched water pour out of my basement sewer until it measured 24 inches. My entire block had 12 to 24 inches of water in basements. We all called 311 and within 2 minutes you could see the water going back down the sewer drain. The city is not telling the truth about storm gates. Late week I watched again as the water came out of sewer drain again.And after calling 311 over and over the water was gone in 2 minutes leaving a half inches of mud packed on my basement floor…Water didn’t come down my basment stairs. It all came from the sewer drain controlled by the city of chicago. Who is going to pay for the concrete damage the water is causing????

    • otis

      Umm Samuel

      Do you really think by calling 311 someone actually changed the course of your flooded basement. I once saw a gang banger running down the street with a gun. I called 911 and it took 25 minutes for a cop to even show up!

    • Durrr

      Mother nature is to blame.

    • tom

      Your an idiot

      • Chris

        I don’t think Samuel is an idiot, he just doesn’t get that it is not the city’s problem.

  • tom

    samuel. hey guess what buddy its not all about you. Oh samuel called some number and everybody should rush out and help him. Some big conspiracy against samuel and storm sewers. You moron its mother nature call her. You teabag

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