In April 2013, Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood experienced severe damage from summer rain storms. The flooding was so severe that patients could not be treated in a timely manner and access issues arose for patients, ambulances, employees, and students. Through a public-private partnership, Cook County and Loyola University Medical Center have been able to construct a plan and appropriate funding for a stormwater abatement project.
Berger Excavating Contractors, Inc., a women-owned business, has been selected as the contractor. The first phase of the project will take about one year and is funded by a $5.5 million Cook County and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program for Disaster Relief.
According to the original press release from Loyola, "Two stormwater traps and a relief sewer will be installed underneath parking lots along First Avenue to alleviate flooding that occurs along the eastern edge of campus. Each stormwater trap can hold 2.5 acre-feet of water, or about three dozen backyard swimming pools. The stormwater will be contained until the Des Plaines River level recedes and the stormwater can be slowly released, an added benefit to neighboring communities."
Congratulations to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for the beginning of the Stormwater Abatement Project! The Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are honored to have been a part of the ceremonial day.