Lakefront Flood Mitigation Efforts Underway
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has placed concrete barriers along the lakefront in Edgewater. With input from building managers, board presidents, and ASCO representatives at a recent meeting hosted by ASCO, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman pushed for barriers at Rosemont, Glenlake, Thorndale and Ardmore, in addition to the ones originally planned for Granville Beach. Both Osterman and a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emphasized that these are temporary measures. A complete study by the Army Corps to identify long term solutions may take as long as three years and could cost up to $3 million. Where that money will come from is still to be determined. Another immediate concern is the excessive ponding around Osterman Beach, which seriously impacts nearby buildings. The alderman is working with the Chicago Park District to look at what can be done there. He and 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden are hosting a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, to talk about these issues (see announcement above).
For more information, you can examine a report, “Lake Michigan Coastal Storm Damage and Erosion,” presented by CDOT, the Army Corps, and the Park District at the elected officials’ meeting held at City Hall on Sept. 5. While the report runs 56 pages, Jerry Goodman, on staff at the 48th Ward office, notes that pages 4–12, 21–24, and 51–52 are particularly pertinent to understanding past and present issues. Pages 48 and 49 summarize the current strategic action plan.