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Posted on: October 18, 2017

A Message from Lombard Public Works on Last Week’s Storm


Northern Lombard received 3.59" of rainfall and the southern end of Lombard received 7.07” during a rain event that took place during the weekend of October 14-15.

These totals are equivalent to flooding a football field 250 yards deep, the height of a 60 story building. With this amount of rain some flooding is inevitable. Lombard Public Works employees worked overnight throughout the storm to monitor pumps and clear leaves from inlets. The Village thanks residents that also did their part by clearing inlets near their homes.

If you experienced a basement backup, consider taking advantage of the Village’s Overhead Sewer Grant Program. Installing such a system will protect you from future backups, and also the value of your home for future sale. Information on this program, as well as the Backyard Drainage Grant Program, is at Information on sewer backups, including the procedure for possible rodding reimbursement if due to a blockage in the public right-of-way, is at

Thankfully, there were no large power outages so basement sump pumps remained operable. Even so, all residents should consider installing a battery backup sump pump system to protect their homes during power outages or a primary pump fail.

Lombard's Infrastructure Improvements Minimize Flooding

Major improvements to Lombard's storm water system over the past six years helped to keep flooding to a minimum. These improvements include:

  • Construction projects that increased additional floodwater capacity at Vista Pond, Terrace View Pond, Morris Pond, and the Finley Road/Charles Lane Basin. 
  • The recently completed Route 53 Storm Water Pump Station that improves the flow of storm sewers into the East Branch of the DuPage River, positively affecting the entire northwest quarter of the Village. 
  • The progression of the Gatz Pond Storm Sewer Outfall and North Broadway Storm Water Pump Station and Force Main, both of which will separate over 400 acres of drainage area from the combined sewers in the east-center of town and further reduce the occurrences of combined sewer overflows and basement backups. 
  • The installation of generators at all sanitary and storm pump stations to maintain operations for any length of power outage. 
  • Ongoing routine maintenance programs that include inspection, cleaning and repair of sewers.

Information on the Village’s sewers is available at Contact us at or (630)620-5740 if we may be of assistance.

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