In 2003, the Village began the Underwood Creek Flood Management project to reduce the risk of flooding in Downtown Elm Grove during large scale rain events. The Flood Management project was successfully tested during a heavy rainstorm in June 2008 and several times since then, during which no overland flooding of any downtown structures occurred.
While daylighting the section of Underwood Creek that currently flows beneath the Park & Shop parking lot and the Sendik’s building was evaluated during preliminary engineering it was not included in the final recommended design plans of the Flood Management Project. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), as a condition of the permit issued for the Flood Management Project, required the Village to actively pursue funding to accomplish the future daylighting of Underwood Creek, as they determined it to be a previously unpermitted structure and therefore not eligible for future repairs.
Over the past 10+ years, the Village has continued to pursue funding for the project and has received grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan as well as additional pledges of monies from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD) and property owners.
Potential options for daylighting the 900 linear feet of Underwood Creek between Watertown Plank Road and Wall Street are currently being evaluated based on the previous preliminary engineering work as well as new additional opportunities.
Information relating to the potential daylighting of Underwood Creek can be found using the links to the left. This information will be updated as new information becomes available.
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