Basement Flooding and Overhead Drains in Chicago

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Flash flooding has become commonplace in the Chicago area in the last couple years, and that means wet basements.

Those “100  year rain storms”  are happening every year!

Despite Deep Tunnel, the $4 billion project to collect storm runoff, flooding has become a major problem in Illinois. That’s due to the type and frequency of the storms here, says Kevin Hebert, rain garden consultant, stormwater storage specialist and owner of Kevin’s Rain Gardens. Until a few years ago, 90 percent of storms in Illinois produced less than 1 inch of rain, but there has been an increase in the occurrence of 2- to 3-inch rainstorms in the past couple of years, Mr. Hebert says, citing data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which he compiled.

“We could handle those storms if it was spreading out over two or three hours, but it’s happening over one hour,” he says.

Many municipalities have 40- to 50-year-old systems to handle the rainwater. Mr. Hebert says.

Some areas of Chicago offer  “The Overhead Sewer Program”.  It was established to provide financial assistance to homeowners who desire to protect their home from flooding during a heavy rain event. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a 50% cost sharing, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 for installing an overhead sewer system which can protect their basements from sewer back-up.
Some “modified” overhead sewer designs may also qualify.

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