WESTCHESTER, Ill. – State Representative Chris Welch (D-Hillside) met with local officials and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) to discuss flooding in the west suburban area and preventative measures to avoid future flooding disasters.
“It’s important for us to come together and work towards long-term solutions to flooding in our communities,” Welch said. “We need to take action on the front end, including making sure that we are making appropriate investments in infrastructure, and are combining resources so that we can respond to problem areas and improve them. It is essential for us to make sure that resources are accessible and that residents are safe, even during unpredictable weather conditions.”
To alleviate future flooding, Welch pushed for completion of the Addison Creek Watershed project, and reservoirs on the north end at Lake and Mannheim and on the south end in the Westchester Woods. The group of local leaders also discussed widening Addison Creek, Salt Creek and Silver Creek. Welch is a co-sponsor of House Bill 1551, which would allow the MWRD to issue double-barreled bonds to finance its Local Government Assistance Program, and is advocating for funding for the MWRD assistance program.
“Too often government is forced to address the symptoms of an issue and ignore the actual root of the problem,” Welch said. “Unfortunately, the longer we wait to address this issue, families are forced to deal with standing water and the health risks it could cause, costly clean-up, and having to discard family belongings or mementos. I urge residents to contact my office to weigh in on potential solutions to prevent floods from devastating our neighborhoods in the future.”
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