Construction is officially underway on the Melvina Ditch Reservoir, 6500 W. 87th St., Burbank, which will work to alleviate flooding concerns for residents in Burbank and Oak Lawn. After a comprehensive public process that relied on input from Burbank and Oak Lawn neighbors and various stakeholders to address flooding concerns, the MWRD agreed to design an improved and expanded reservoir. To construct this, the MWRD plans to remove more than 80,000 tons of dirt to increase its holding capacity by nearly 64 million gallons. The $20-million project, funded primarily by the MWRD, also received a grant from the state of Illinois through its Build Illinois Bond Fund.
The Melvina Ditch Reservoir has exceeded its capacity in recent storm events, resulting in flooding in nearby neighborhoods. Through public meetings, consensus was met to expand the reservoir within the existing reservoir footprint on MWRD property and by acquiring 15 nearby properties around the perimeter of the reservoir, based on the alternative configuration sought by residents. Now these rain-soaked communities have relief in sight thanks to the expansion of the reservoir.