Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Over at the metropolitan water reclamation district, Ed Staudacher, the supervising civil engineer, says the deep tunnel system is at a remarkable status.
Staudacher: The tunnels are currently full.
Cameron: That’s a lot of water. How much water is that?
Staudacher: 2.3 billion gallons of water.
Cameron: You’d think we wouldn’t be flooded if deep tunnel could handle that much. But, no?
Staudacher: We have close to four inches of rain already on the ground and remember that the tunnel and reservoir system is still in progress. The reservoirs haven’t come on line yet.
And some of those won’t come on line until 2015 and 2017, but for now they’ve opened the locks into Lake Michigan to relieve some of the flooding on the area’s rivers and canals.
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