Suburban residents told to leave homes to prevent area flooding

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BURBANK, Ill. -- More than a dozen homeowners in southwest suburban Burbank may have to abandon their houses for the good of the whole community. The reason? To expand a reservoir to alleviate severe flooding of many other homes.

Friday the mayor of Burbank sent out a letter saying the metropolitan water reclamation district will be paying fair market value to buy up 14-15 homes that line the reservoir in order to expand it.

At a Burbank city council meeting tonight, homeowners learned the property acquisitions by the city is a done deal.

Many residents were devastated by the news.

A meeting will be held in June to crystallize plans on the project that will cost $28 million dollars.

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