VILLA GROVE — The city of Villa Grove has been awarded nearly $600,000 for a storm sewer drainage project planned to provide flood relief on the east side of the city.
The grant, federal funds passed through the state, was created to help 47 counties that were declared federal disaster areas in a 2008 flooding incident. The money is just now available and will be distributed to the city on or around Aug. 6. City Engineer Tom Overmeyer has been working on securing the grant for almost a year.
A plan had already been created for the storm sewer improvement project, but the city was waiting for money to fund the project. The grant does not require matching funds from the city.
The total estimated cost of the proposed project is $594,595 and construction will begin as soon as possible.
The proposed Eastside Outfall Storm Sewer Improvement project will include installation of storm sewer drainage pipes to collect storm water in the areas east of the Union Pacific railroad line and both sides of East Front Street. The water would be routed through a farm field to an outfall on a tributary to the Embarras River. The project will also include the installation of approximately 10 inlets and manholes.
"It is a project that goes unnoticed because it is all underground work but it's very necessary and will benefit lots of people. We have always had so much water standing on the east side of town when it rains. The drainage will take care of this problem," said Mayor Thelma "Boots" Blaney.