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Issue Position: Flooding

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Representative Nekritz recognizes the impact flooding has on residents of the 57th district. In 2004, Representative Nekritz sponsored legislation to create the Cook County Stormwater Management Commission to address the concerns of residents living near the Des Plaines River. The Commission, under the authority of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, provides a unified approach to combating flooding problems throughout the region.

In 2006, she worked closely with State Senator Susan Garrett to obtain $6.3 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the completion of Levee 50. Located near Miner Street in Des Plaines, Levee 50 already provides significant flood protection and saved hundreds of homes during the August 2007 storms. Recently, she has been working with local, state, and federal officials to expand the Buffalo Creek Reservoir in Lake County. This expansion would allow the United States Army Corps of Engineers to complete flood control projects in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights needed to defend thousands of homeowners in the area.

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