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Northwest Side Residents Can Get Flooding Questions Answered At Thursday’s Community Meeting

Ald. Samantha Nugent is co-hosting a public meeting with city representatives from various departments and climate change groups to get clarity and advice on the "supercell" floods.

Western Avenue in Lincoln Square floods following the torrential rainfall.
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MAYFAIR — Northwest Side residents frustrated with the city’s response to massive flooding earlier this month may get some answers at a virtual community meeting this week.

Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) is co-hosting a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday alongside city representatives from the Department of Water Management, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Illinois Environmental Council and others.

Registration is required to attend and people can submit questions ahead of time when registering. The deadline to submit questions is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the North and Northwest Sides of the city were hit by a “supercell” storm that dumped 4-6 inches of rain and caused heavy flooding. It damaged people’s basements, as well as water and sewer systems, flooded streets and backed up the city’s 311 line, which had thousands of calls from residents.

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A basement near Irving Park Road and Central Avenue in Portage Park floods during the “supercell” storm Sept. 11, 2022.

Some residents said they were disappointed by how the city responded to the torrential downpour. In a statement about the meeting, Nugent said she’s received numerous messages about the storms. Other aldermen also heard from neighbors who wanted help and received it late.

Experts said the geysers that erupted during the storm were caused by air trapped in the sewers during the heavy rains, but Nugent hopes the community can get more clarity at the meeting.

“I am bringing city departments and colleagues together to answer questions from the community,” Nugent said in a statement. “I’ve also invited the Illinois Environmental Council to join and discuss the impact of climate change on urban flooding and what we can do. We are having 100-year storms every year.”

The meeting will also point residents to available help and share tips on how to prevent future flooding, she said.

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