Before severe storms, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) will lower the levels of the Chicago Area Waterway System. They work around the clock to manage the excess water coming in to the 7 water reclamation plants. To help reduce the strain on the system and prevent local flooding, residents are encouraged to reduce their water usage. Waiting to run the dishwasher, shower, or do the laundry until after the rain subsides would be much appreciated.
If flooding in our area does occur, please remember these instructions for staying safe: