Levee 37 aims to reduce flooding in northwest suburbs

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MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — For decades, every time it rained, people along the Des Plaines River in the northwest suburbs feared flooding but that could soon be a thing of the past.

Civic and political leaders cutting a ribbon Monday celebrating the completion of a major flood control project for Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights.

Levee 37 is designed to protect 600 homes and a lot of businesses from the damage of storms and repeated flooding, that has cost an estimated 3 million dollars annually.

Levee 37 is part of a larger flood control system that aims to reduce flooding along roughly 80 miles of the Des Plaines River.