DuPage Opening Call Center Saturday for Unincorporated DuPage

DuPage Opening Call Center Saturday for Unincorporated DuPage Residents to Document Flood Damage
Wheaton … Starting Saturday, unincorporated DuPage residents and business owners are encouraged to provide information about their flood damage to the County to initiate a process to potentially access federal disaster assistance funding.
 
“Now that the rain seems to have stopped for the time being, residents and businesses can start to assess their properties. It is important that they document and photograph the flood damage to show proof of loss. Another step in documenting the flood damage is to report to the federal government the total loss to the entire county so that we can attempt to access federal funding,” said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin.
 
DuPage County will open a call center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to gather information about property damage from residents who reside in unincorporated neighborhoods. The call center will re-open on Monday during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents and business owners will be asked to provide specific information about where the flooding occurred, how much water entered the premises, structure damage and if they have insurance.
 
Residents who reside in a municipality should call their local government to provide the same information. The DuPage County call center is only for residents who reside in the unincorporated areas.
 
The information gathered from residents and business owners will be provided to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency as officials assess the entire state. The assessment could lead to a presidential disaster declaration that would provide reimbursements for uninsured property damage.
 
Cronin said the information provided by residents is essential in the county and the state seeking the federal funding.
 
For more information and to report flood damage to unincorporated areas, call (630) 407-6700.
 
Visit ProtectDuPage.org for more information about flood recovery and the potential for financial assistance.

DuPage Update Regarding Flood Event

DuPage Update Regarding Flood Event

We are currently experiencing one of the larger storm events the area has seen in some time. The amount of rainfall produced by these storms has caused many inconveniences throughout DuPage County, including severe weather and flooding. Earlier today, I signed an emergency declaration to expedite the County’s accessibility to cleanup and emergency resources, including generators, pumps and sandbags.

While the severe weather seems to have ceased for the time being, we are not out of the woods. We have yet to see peaks in the rivers and streams throughout the County, so the flood control facilities will stay in operation well into Friday. Accordingly, many roads remain impassible throughout the County.

Although the DuPage County government campus was closed today, staff is continuing operations to ensure the safety of our residents. Stormwater Management has been closely monitoring and operating the flood control facilities and providing regular forecast updates and models. Their real time updates stream and facility updates can be found atec.dupageco.org/dec/stormwater/watershed/index.html.

Likewise, the DuPage County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been running their Emergency Operation Center since Wednesday afternoon to inform and assist residents. In addition to providing information on road closures and safety tips, OEM partnered with the American Red Cross to maintain an emergency shelter at Benedictine University in Lisle for residents experiencing flooding or evacuations.  The County also provided more than 100,000 sandbags to municipalities for residents to protect their properties from flood water.

We are also working with federal and state officials to access emergency assistance and resources both during and after this storm event. Residents are reminded to document flood damages with photos and save any receipts for damage-related materials.

Most importantly, please stay safe this evening by following these recommendations:
•          Avoid floodwaters. Do not let children play in the water.
•          Be aware of areas where water has receded as roadways may have weakened.
•          Avoid downed power lines and water where power lines may have fallen.
•          Discard food that may have been contaminated.
•          Check on sewage systems. If damaged, these can be a serious hazard.

For more information about road closures, the emergency shelter, etc., please visitwww.ProtectDuPage.org.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful:
DuPage County News & Updates
National Weather Service for DuPage County
Metra Service Updates
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Delays

DuPage County’s government campus will re-open tomorrow. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the County at (630) 407-6500 with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dan Cronin
DuPage County Chairman

COUNTY SHELTER OPEN TO ASSIST RESIDENTS

COUNTY SHELTER OPEN TO ASSIST RESIDENTS
Through a partnership with the American Red Cross, DuPage County has opened its emergency shelter at Benedictine University in Lisle, 5700 College Road, to assist residents who have experienced flooding in their homes.

Bad Weather

UPDATE:  DuPage website is up and running.  DuPage County 421 Building closed for the day for more information please click here:
www.ProtectDuPage.org

If I can be of assistance to anyone please feel free to contact me at 630-518-6740.

Clean Water Initiative

This afternoon in Downers Grove, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin introduced The 2013 Illinois Clean Water Initiative.  Governor Quinn announced that The Clean Water Initiative will  make $1 billion available through the Illinois Protection Agency’s State Revolving Fund, in partnership with the Illinois Finance Authority, in low cost loans to local governments.

The Clean Water Initiative is good for the community by keeping our drinking water safe. Cleaning wastewater discharge into public waterways.  Decreasing energy costs. Meeting the high need for dealing with aging infrastructure and creating jobs.

The event was well attended.  Other than Chairman Cronin and myself the DuPage County Board was represented by Sean Noonan, District 2 and Jim Zay, District 6.  It was also great to see Downers Grove Mayor, Martin Tully,  Dowers Grove Commissioner Bob Barnett, newly elected Downers Grove Commissioner Greg Hose and Michael Cassa, President of Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation, along with a room full of representatives from all levels of local government.

For more information on The Clean Water Initiative click on link:  Illinois Clean Water Initiative

Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation

Had a great meeting today with Michael Cassa, President and CEO of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation.  Michael has a great vision for Downers Grove.  I am sincerely looking forward to working with him and his staff over the next 4 years.

The Human Race


A great event  for a many great causes, right here in beautiful Downers Grove.  Giving DuPage is hosting the Human Race, a 5K Run or Fitness Walk at The Esplanade at Locust Point in Downers Grove. The Race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  For more information click on link.   The Human Race – DuPage County

Age Well DuPage

Age Well DuPage
Renew, Recharge, Reinvent

Join us for a FREE community event presented by DuPage County Senior Services and College of DuPage Continuing Education!

Sunday, May 19, 2013
1-4 p.m. 
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000
Refreshments served courtesy of Waterleaf Restaurant

Keynote: Aging Well in DuPage, Lucia West Jones, Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging

Experience the services and opportunities available in DuPage County for a full life at any age! Age Well DuPage is a free event with exciting breakout sessions that will inform and entertain.  These sessions include:

  • Older Worker Job Search
  • Enrolling in Social Security 
  • Financial Planning for Life-Changing Events
  • Guide to Aging in Place
  • Medicare 101
  • Stay Well, Live Longer
  • Stress No More 
  • Tai Chi
  • Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adults, and more

We encourage you to join us for this event to enrich your life, socialize, and learn about the rich opportunities available to you in DuPage County. 

Contact us!
For more information, and to register for this free event, contact Antonia Harlan, DuPage County Community Services, at (630) 407-6500, or Antonia.Harlan@dupageco.org.