Congress allocates $35M for Cook County reservoirs

2013-06-27T00:00:00Z Congress allocates $35M for Cook County reservoirsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley says Cook County will receive $35 million from the federal government to help complete two giant reservoirs to hold stormwater and ease flooding.

The Chicago Democrat announced the allocation on Tuesday. It will be used to help complete the McCook and Thornton reservoirs, being built by the Metropolitan Water and Reclamation District.

He says the projects are important as heavy rainstorms and subsequent flooding become more frequent. He says flooding is costing residents and businesses millions of dollars in losses.

The MWRD has spent more than $3 billion over four decades to mitigate flooding. The effort includes tunnels 35 feet in diameter to help prevent floodwaters from backing up into basements or polluting Lake Michigan.

It plans to spend $1 billion more on the reservoirs.

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