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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427

Just the Facts

Posted on: May 1, 2015

RUMOR: The City is Preventing Voegtle’s Auto Service from Getting Flood Protection

The City has and continues to work closely with DuPage County to design and implement a variety of projects that will reduce DuPage River flooding and associated flood impacts in Warrenville and on the Voegtle’s property. As part of this ongoing effort, the County plans to construct a new, larger Warrenville Road Bridge and re-meander the adjacent section of the DuPage River in 2015. Preliminary engineering design for the river re-meandering project illustrated the possible construction of a flood protection berm through the middle of the service yard area on the Voegtle’s property. Voegtle family representatives verbally informed County staff during a 2014 on-site meeting that they were not interested in a flood protection berm at this location.

The City and County evaluated the impacts associated with possibly constructing the flood protection berm further north. The majority of the City Council did not support this alternative, in large part, due to the significant amount of additional earth removal and the resulting undesirable steep grading that would be required on the Leone Schmidt Heritage Park property.

City officials have never attempted to represent the Voegtle’s position on the flood protection berm or negotiate on behalf of the Voegtle family with DuPage County. Based on input, the County received from Voegtle family representatives and the City of Warrenville, the County independently decided to remove all berms from the river re-meandering project plans.

Once the bridge replacement and river re-meandering projects are complete, the County estimates that 100 year flood elevations on the Voegtle’s property will be reduced by approximately 1 foot.

More information on efforts to address flooding along the river can be found at the link below. Questions about these projects can be directed to the Senior Civil Engineer at (630) 393-9050 or pkuchler@warrenville.il.us.

Flood Investigation and Follow Up