During the Months of May and June the Village sustained periods of heavy rain that tested the limits of the Village’s drainage infrastructure. During this time, the Service Department received many calls for assistance that ranged from flooded basements to flooded yards. When investigating these requests, the Service Department identified that several of these flooding issues could have been prevented if homeowners did the following maintenance on their property:
- Homeowners should keep their gutters and downspouts clean of debris and in good repair so that water can be drained properly from their roof line and footer drains. Blocked gutters that overflow tend to let water penetrate basement walls which in turn, lead to flooded basements.
- Many yard drains that were installed in resident’s yards were covered with debris which did not allow the water that gathered in the yards to drain away properly.
- Residents should make sure landscapers are hauling away their landscape waste and not dumping it into ravines or swales on their property. This debris tends to wash downstream and blocks drainage structures or ditches that in return floods properties and possibly homes.
- Homeowners should clean the leaves from the ditches along the roadway as part of routine landscape maintenance, so that the debris does not wash into their drive culvert pipes. The Village is responsible for ditch reconstruction not landscape maintenance.