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Elmhurst officials purchase two homes to decrease flooding

Elmhurst officials have purchased two homes next to East End Park to help decrease flooding for homes near the west suburban park.

The two homes are located in the 200 block of North Geneva Avenue, and will provide flood reduction benefits to nine homes that have flooded in the past. The homes will provide conveyance for storm water into and out of any future storm water facility in East End Park, according to a statement from the City of Elmhurst.

“By gaining ownership of this land, we will have additional options for addressing the flooding issues in this area,” said Elmhurst City Manager Jim Grabowski in the statement.

Purchasing the homes was a part of the city’s Comprehensive Flooding Plan, which has identified 13 flood-prone areas in Elmhurst. The plan outlines the need for four acres of storm water storage in East End Park, according to the statement.

The city will continue to negotiate with the Elmhurst Park District for the use of the park, according to the statement.