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City Provides Tips to Prevent Flooding in Coming Days

UPDATED AT 6:30 P.M. ON FEB. 19.: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Kane County from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

The combination of melting snow, the frozen ground and rain that could start this evening will result in an elevated risk of flooding, especially for poor drainage areas or flood prone zones.

Snow blocked storm drains also will lead to ponding and possibly standing water in some areas. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

The Public Works Department has sent out crews today - and will do the same Thursday - to clear storm drains of snow and ice. However, crews will not be able to clear every drain before the forecasted rain reaches our area. Crews also have been hauling large snow piles away from the downtown and cul-de-sacs.

Geneva does not experience flooding on a regular basis, but residents can play a big role in flood prevention by following these tips:

* Clear the storm sewer drains on your street or near your property if you're physically able to do so. 
* Make sure downspouts are free of any ice.
* Make sure your sump pump is ice free and is able to discharge without any restrictions/obstructions.
* Check the battery on your back up sump pump to make sure it is properly charged.

For more information, call the City's Public Works Department at 630-232-1501. You can also report any drainage issues to us online at the link below.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Temperatures are expected to rise during the next several days, and the forecast is calling for rain on Thursday, Feb. 20. These snow melting conditions increase the potential for flooding this week.

The City will be hauling large snow piles away from the downtown and cul-de-sacs. Geneva does not experience flooding on a regular basis, but residents can play a big role in prevention by following these tips:

  • Clear the storm sewer drains on your street or near your property if you're physically able to do so. 
  • Make sure downspouts are free of any ice.
  • Make sure your sump pump is ice free and is able to discharge without any restrictions/obstructions.
  • Check the battery on your back up sump pump to make sure it is properly charged.

For more information, call the City's Public Works Department at 630-232-1501. You can also report any drainage issues on the city's website.

Bob McQuillan February 18, 2014 at 11:18 PM
I guess the city hopes that the Mill Race Inn floats away. Oh that's right, there are multiple buyers are interested and a deal should be finalized soon!

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