The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to break ground on Addison Creek Reservoir to provide flood relief for surrounding communities
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is set to break ground on the first of two major projects that will provide flood control benefits for six communities in the west suburbs along Addison Creek.
The ceremony will be benefiting the villages of Bellwood, Northlake, Stone Park, Melrose Park, Westchester and Broadview. The ceremony will be held at the future site of the Addison Creek Reservoir, 2795 Washington Blvd., Bellwood, Ill.
According to MWRD, the 600-acre-ft Addison Creek Reservoir will hold close to 200 million gal of storage capacity and connect with the Addison Creek Channel.
The estimated $63 million reservoir along with the Addison Creek Channel improvements will help alleviate public health and safety concerns by reducing overbank flooding to approximately 2,200 structures along the creek from Northlake to Broadview, including 1,700 structures that will be removed from the flood plain. According to MWRD, the reservoir will provide $116 million in flood benefits and create approximately 633 construction-related jobs.