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Cary expects to hear within months about Sunset and Crest funding

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:51 p.m. CDT

CARY – An answer as to whether the village receives federal money to help with storm water drainage at Sunset and Crest drives could be two months away.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said the village has received written notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that a final response should come in July or August in regards to its grant application.

Clark said the village had to answer some questions from FEMA, which is doing its normal auditing of a grant application.

“That’s the first response we’ve heard officially since Christmas,” Clark said. “We’re optimistic and moving forward quickly.”

Residents at the flood-prone intersection have been asking for the village to help fix drainage issues that arise whenever there is a bad downpour in the area. There have been multiple flooding events since 2007 and water tends to rush down into the lower levels of houses.

The preliminary estimate for the project is $1.1 million, which includes buying three properties, excavation in the area and utility work.

The village is trying to obtain outside money to carry out the project to help alleviate some of the issues by applying for a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant through FEMA.

“They have a lot of different flooding events throughout the country,” Clark said. “At least in Illinois, there’s been so many waves as the storms keep hitting. When they get new ones coming in, they get bogged down.”

If the village is awarded a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant, it would have to contribute money toward the project.

In the village’s budget for this fiscal year, it has set aside $575,000 for the drainage and storm water detention design and improvements.

Of that money, $250,000 is being set aside to do additional engineering and design work for a potential second phase in the Sunset and Crest neighborhood. Work on a higher level of storm water detention and storage might need to take place over the course of years, officials have said.

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